Factsheet: The Children and Families Act and The Care Act
Since 2014 there have been many policy changes that affect the lives of young people with SEN, disabled young people and their families, and will impact on the range and quality of support available to them as they prepare for adulthood. The two pieces of legislation that will have the greatest influence on support for disabled young people preparing for adulthood are Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which focuses on Special Educational Needs and Disability and is due to be implemented in September 2014, and Part 1 of the Care Act, which focuses on the care and support of adults with care and support needs and is due to be implemented in April 2015.
This factsheet identifies the key elements in both Acts that relate to preparing for adulthood. It will support local authorities to identify where processes overlap and to consider how they can be effectively joined up. We explore how the legislation can be used to create positive outcomes for disabled young people, with consideration to challenges and barriers, and suggest practical ways of implementing the reforms in both Acts through good practice examples.