Support for children aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Making decisions – for yourself or with help

Under Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, the right to make requests and decisions applies directly to young people with disabilities, and those with SENSENSpecial Educational Needs is a term which refers to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. over compulsory school age, (the end of the academic year in which they turn 16) rather than to their parents.

This may seem like a big step, but there is advice, help and toolkits, to help families and young people to understand how they can be supported to make decisions.

Getting help

There are organisations that can help young people and their families discuss decision making. Young people do not need to make every decision for themsleves. With the help of their families and carers they can make decisions, one at a time, based on their abilty to do so, with or without help.

On this page you will find a decision-making toolkit and a fact sheet that gives more information.

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