Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Family Rights, Privacy, Procedural Safeguards
and Complaint Resolution Under IDEA

Topic Editors: Anne Lucas, Sharon Walsh, or Judy Swett

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Photograph: A preschool-aged girl runs across a grass field with a pink flower in her hand. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

The procedural safeguards required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are intended to protect the interests of families and children with special needs, as well as the special education and the early intervention systems. Procedural safeguards are the checks and balances of the system, not a piece separate from the system.

Early intervention and special education personnel are legally obligated to explain procedural safeguards to families and to support an active adherence to and understanding of these safeguards for all involved.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email:

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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