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Access to the System: The Legislative Interface

The past decade has seen major developments in terms of policy and practice for families with children with disabilities and special needs. The principles of family-based services and inclusion are widely recognized. But the rhetoric and the reality do not always match. Complex assessment systems and changes in the management of child health, education and social services have improved the actual commissioning of services but - in an increasingly contractual culture - have created major challenges to families in terms of understanding the system.