Under the Children and Families Act 2014, certain rights and decisions transfer from parents (or carers) to young people. 

This can sound alarming for parents and carers. However, the Children and Families Act 2014 relates to a limited set of decisions. It doesn’t cover, for example, who a young person lives with, or anything to do with their personal finances. The vast majority of the time, parents and carers will remain very much involved in supporting the young person’s decisions about their education and training.

For adults, making decisions about your own welfare, education and health depends on a legal concept called “mental capacity”. This legal concept is applied to decision making about education and training for young people with SEND. You can find out more about the legal concept here.

We have prepared some useful resources for young people aged 16-25 with special educational needs and disabilities:

If there is a disagreement between you or the young person you are supporting and the school, college, local authority or health service, you may want to read the young people’s guide to Special Educational Needs and Disability complaints.