We have just published a new article entitled Ensuring an independent future for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND): a critical examination of the impact of education, health and care plans in England in the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.
In the article we examine the implications of the new education, health and care (EHC) planning process for career professionals in England. We describe how new process comes in the wake of a succession of legislation relating to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in England.
We think that there is much to recommend the new process as it represents a shift to a more holistic and person-centred approach to supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities, but we go on to make four main criticisms which can be made of the new process:
- the policy has an excessive focus on paid work as an outcome which is unrealistic (for some young people);
- the resourcing in local authorities is too limited to successfully operationalise the policy;
- there is a lack of clarity about the professional base delivering EHC planning (especially in relation to the career elements); and
- the policy is too narrowly targeted.
As ever the challenge of the new policy lies in successful implementation. We conclude that while the new legislation offers some major opportunities, realising these will be difficult. We raise a number of questions about the resources required to deliver these services; the responsibilities relevant to such services; and the role and scope of these services in supporting the transitions of vulnerable young people into learning and work in an environment where universal careers provision has been substantially diminished.
I hope that you find this new paper interesting. We have a number of free eprints of the paper to give away on a first come, first served basis.