Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

Children and young people with SEN in youth custody

Address: Children and young people with SEN in youth custody, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2EA

The Children and Families Act 2014 transforms the system for disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN).  Part of the new legal framework introduces the requirements for supporting children and young people with SEN when they are detained in youth custody.

The new legal framework which comes into force on the 1st April 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.

The key principles for the new approach are:

  • The home local authority continuing engagement and responsibility
  • The child or young person receives appropriate special educational provision and health provision in custody
  • Identifying need and ensuring that provision continues on release will help a child or young person’s resettlement
  • Making a request and getting an assessment underway in custody will be a good use of time

The Council for Disabled Children have produced resources that will be useful for anyone working with a child or young person in youth custody. It contains checklists and helpful guides to help them implement the new framework.

To access these, please visit:  Council for Disabled Children Resources

Please click on the following to download the document.

 How a young person with an Education, Health & Care Plan has their needs met, before, during & after a spell in secure accommodation 







Service Category: Advice, Information and Support

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