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PROFESSIONALS from education, health and social care will meet in Portsmouth to find out more about the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities reforms.

When the Children and Families Bill comes into place in September, changes will be made to the system for identifying and meeting the needs of under-25s with special educational needs and disabilities.

The aim of the conference is to make sure children and families are central to the way a child’s needs are assessed and the support they receive.

Guests at the event, which starts at 10am on Monday, include André Imich, SEN and disability professional adviser at the Department for Education and Helen Wheatley, assistant director of the Council of Disabled Children.

Dr Julia Katherine, child support commissioning manager at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This conference is an opportunity for professionals to find out more about what the reforms mean in Portsmouth and how they can be involved.’

Agencies or organisations that would like to find out more can call Jane James on 023 9284 1166 or email

Parents who want to know more about the reforms can call Mary Ive, parent engagement officer, on 07825 185608.