What is a Section 23 notification?
Health professionals and health services have a legal duty under Section 23 of the Children and Families Act 2014 to notify us (Hertfordshire County Council) of any child under the age of 5, who they consider may need some extra arrangements made for them when they start school and has, or is likely to have, special educational needs or a disability (SEND).
Why does the council need to be notified of my child's needs?
Section 23 Notifications help us all work together better to improve services for families. Your visiting health professional will talk to you about the notification at your child’s appointment and will give you advice on organisations and services that may be able to provide support.
The council uses the information from these notifications to plan education services and make sure that in future years, there are enough education places in the right areas and that support is in place to meet the needs of all children and young people with SEND.
It might not mean that your child needs additional support straight away, but if the staff working at your child’s pre-school or nursery believe that your child does need additional support, they will discuss with you why they think it is necessary, and what may be available for your child.