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If progress is not being made or you child’s needs cannot be met with SEN support, a statutory assessment may be requested. This involves a multi-agency assessment of your child’s needs which may result in an EHCP being put in place.
You can watch a short video about EHCPs below
Witherslack Group have a series of bitesize webinars all about Educational Health and Care Plans. They offer advice to parents and carers.
An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is a single multi-agency plan for children and young people aged 0-25 who have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.
An EHCP will be put in place where a greater level of individual help is needed to ensure that a child/young person makes progress. It will be put in place following an assessment of the child or young person's education, health and care needs (not just educational needs). It is designed to make sure that all the child/young person's needs are assessed and supported at the same time.
The EHC Plan is a statutory legal document. Its preparation is informed by the guidance outlined in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years. This code covers provision for children and young people from birth to 25 years.
Key principles of an EHC Plan are:
The EHC Plan is a working document, which is statutorily reviewed at least once a year and is underpinned by individual Education Plans, Individual Behaviour Plans, Provision Timetables and One Page Profiles. It actively promotes a co-ordinated plan of support for the child or young person and their family. The document should be relevant to the needs of the child or young person and their family. Each stage can be personalised to make it relevant. The involvement of the child/young person and their families is vital in creating this document, they should always be central to the process.
Witherslack Group have some bitesize webinars about Educational Health Care Plans. The webinars on these topics:
• What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?
• How to get an EHCP
• What is a draft EHCP?
• The appeals process
• Top tips
• What help and support is available?
The following people have a specific right to request a statutory assessment for an EHC Plan:
A statutory assessment may be requested where a child/young person with SEN requires support that is additional to or different from what is normally delivered within Bands 1 - 3 of the Wakefield Matrix of Provision and SEN Matrix of Descriptors. You can download the SEN Matrix here.
You can download the Wakefield EHCP documents here:
A flow chart of a pathway of support for children, young people and their families can be downloaded here.
Local Authority (Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Team (SENART)) receives a formal request for a statutory assessment for an EHC Plan. You can contact the SENART Team by email on SENART@wakefield.gov.uk , by telephone on 01924 302465 or by post at SENART, Block C, Normanton Town Hall, High Street, Normanton, WF6 2DZ. Wakefield Education, Health and Care Panel (EHC Panel) considers the information and decides whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to a statutory assessment. The Local Authority informs all parties of the decision and requests reports if these are not already available as part of the My Support Plan process. A process map and diagram for EHCP assessment can be downloaded here:
Once a statutory assessment has been requested the Local Authority will notify:
A date for planning meeting to agree a draft EHC Plan is set. The nominated SENART Officer coordinates and chairs the meeting with the Family/child and young person to draft the EHC Plan to be submitted to EHC Panel for agreement and funding agreements
A co-ordinated support continues through My Support Plan
Draft plan submitted to EHC Panel for confirmation of the plan and the resource allocation
An EHC Plan issued
The first review of the EHC Plan must be within 12 months of the initial plan and then every 12 months after that. This can be reduced if necessary. You can download the Wakefield EHCP review documents here:
Please note: The timeframe for Phases 4 to 6 is 20 weeks
If you are having and education health and care plan review, you can contact the Children’s Advocacy and Participation Service (CAPS) provided by Barnardo’s. Complete their Young People's Advocacy Referral Form online or ring them on 01977 552 493.
Advocates are people that work out what you want to say and how to say it. They are people that help you put your views forward and give you confidence to speak up for yourself.
Last reviewed: 14/02/2020