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Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on here are still in the process of posting service updates. Many phone lines and websites are still available, but some contact details have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

Youth custody, children and young people with special educational needs

The Children and Families Act 2014 set out a new legal framework for children and young people with SEN  (special educational needs) in youth custody.  This change commenced on 1 April 2015. The attached document from the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has a range of information for young people, parents/carers, professionals and anyone else involved.

The CDC factsheet, also attached, sets out the changes for young offenders with SEN.

The new legal framework applies to;

  • children and young people aged 18 and under, in;
  • Young Offender Institutions,
  • Secure Training Centres and
  • Secure Children’s Homes.

It applies to children and young people who are:

  • on remand,
  • have been sentenced, or;
  • children who have been voluntarily detained in Secure Children’s Homes. 

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.

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