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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.