Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Research Report Launch Conference – Is the child’s and young person’s view shaping decisions on SEND/ASN provision in England and Scotland? | 6 June 2019

This conference aims to present, and consider the implications of, the findings of a recently concluded research study by a team based at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester into the implementation of important new rights and duties concerned with decisions about the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) (England) or additional support needs (Scotland).  The research was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) award.

The Children and Families Act 2014 part 3 (England) and the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 contain key provisions aimed not only at ensuring that the views of the child or young person with SEND/ASN inform decisions by those responsible for meeting their educational needs, and local policy, but also that older children enjoy autonomy as rights holders and participants in a range of processes including those concerned with planning their provision and seeking redress.

The legislation holds out considerable promise of ensuring that the child’s or young person’s voice is central to decision-making in this field. The research – based on a survey of all local authorities in England and Scotland, interviews with a range of professionals working in this field, and 36 detailed case studies of individual children/young people across six local authority areas – measures progress in realising this promise and analyses the factors underlying the picture that has emerged.

Download our FINAL REPORT

Watch our project film ─ The Rights of Children with ASN: From Paper to Practice

Working papers and briefings

  • NOTE: The venue is within a short distance of Manchester Piccadilly station. There are two entrances to the building. Lift and building reception are at the entrance adjacent to the lower ground floor of the Barnes Wallis Building/Student Hub. The conference will be on the 3rd floor.
  • Parking: Car parking recommended at the multi-storey car park at junction of Charles Street and Sackville Street - use postcode M1 3BB

For enquiries about registration, please contact Grace Kong at <creid-education@ed.ac.uk> or 0131 651 6459.

Conference programme




Arrival, registration, tea and coffee.


12.45-13.45 Lunch
  • What a right to be involved in decisions means to me? ─ Ollie Moores (FE student and member of POWAR Participation group), Joe O’Sullivan and Nicola Jacques (Youth Ambassadors for Greater Manchester Youth Network)

Tea & coffee


Concluding remarks





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Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Needs: A New Paradigm?

Jun 06 2019 -

Research Report Launch Conference – Is the child’s and young person’s view shaping decisions on SEND/ASN provision in England and Scotland? | 6 June 2019

A research report launch conference of our ESRC-funded project "Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Educational Needs" organised by the University of Manchester.

Room 4/5, Manchester Meeting Place
The University Manchester
Sackville Street Campus