Strategic Reform Partner on the SEND reforms

As the Strategic Reform Partner to the Department for Education on the SEND reforms we provide expert advice and develop guidance and practical tools to support the sector to implement the changes.

CDC has been Strategic Reform Partner to the Department for Education since 2013 and we are continuing to build on this work in 2016/17. We are part of a network of organisations who have been funded by Government to provide additional support to the sector on the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014. To help give you a clearer picture of what that collective support looks like we've pulled together a list of all the programmes and projects currently being funded by the department which you can view here.

Our role this year focuses on several key elements:

Developing Information

We are continuing to develop information on the reforms that will support, advice and guide professionals across health, education and social care. We also work with children, young people and parent carers to create resources and toolkits that help explain how the changes affect them.

Working with the Sector

As the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector we support practitioners to understand the changes and share best practice. We do this in part through our member base as well as through our wider sector networks which include local authorities, public health bodies and professional bodies. As well as providing advice we ensure that they are able to raise issues related to implementation with Departmental Officials. 

Providing Advice

Part of our role includes providing policy and practice advice to government on the SEN and disability reforms and highlighting issues relating to implementation.

Supporting Social Care

This year we are increasing our focus on social care to help practitioners understand the changes and support them as they develop and share good practice. We also support policy development and implementation through the provision of expertise to government officials and frontline practitioners.

Representing in Europe

We also act as the national coordinator for England to the European Agency for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. This role means we represent the English perspective in Europe and collect and disseminate evidence of emerging practice in support of SEN and Disability elsewhere in Europe.