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SEND - Education, Health and Care Plans

CITY of WOLVERHAMPTON COUNCIL

All requests for statutory assessment in Wolverhampton will be dealt with under The Children and Families Act 2014, subject to informed parental consent.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) in partnership with the Department for Education has produced a series of fact sheets, films and posters designed to help children and young people understand some of the key themes of the new SEND reforms.

For more details about Education, Health and Care Plans please view the links and supporting information on this page.

What is an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan?

An EHCP is for children and young people who need more support than their school or setting can reasonably provide. An EHCP can start from a child’s birth and continue up to the age of 25 if the young person remains in education, which includes further education and training.

An EHC Plan looks at all the aspirations and needs that a child or young person has within education, health and care. Professionals and the family together through a coordinated single assessment decide what outcomes are required, and through joint working identify what is needed to achieve those outcomes.

Two short animation videos have been produced which are aimed at parents to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection.

What is an EHCP and who is it for?

The education and social care plan and the person centred connection:

From 1 September 2014, Statements were replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans. These plans have the same legal status as Statements of SEN and cover the age range 0 to 25. An Education, Health and Care Plan sets out a new way of working for children and young people with more complex special educational needs and disabilities and where an EHC needs assessment has been agreed by a multi-agency panel. As part of an EHC Plan, a child's parent or the young person will have the right to request a Personal Budget to meet an assessed need within an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).

The provision set out in the EHC Plan has to be provided. Parents have the right of appeal to a tribunal if they are not happy with the education provision.

Why is an Education Health Care Plan needed?

A request is likely to happen where special educational provision currently being made for them by their early years setting, school or college from their own resources, is not enabling the child or young person to make adequate progress.

EHCP will:
1) Help in securing the services, provision and equipment required by children and young people with SEN or disabilities.

2) Supporting disabled children and young people and those with SEN in moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood and independent living.

What does an EHC Plan look like?

Every EHC Plan is personalised to meet the needs and outcomes for each child or young person. Our blank template of an EHC Plan [709kb] will give you an idea of what the plan looks like.

 

Annual Review of EHCP

EHC Plans must be reviewed annually. Reviews should be carried out using person-centred planning principles and must focus on the child or young person's progress towards achieving the outcomes specified in the EHC Plan.

Here you will find information relating to the Annual Review of the Education, Health and Care Plans.

The following are supporting word documents.

Requesting an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) for an EHCP

A request can be made to the local authority to carry out an assessment if the child needs an EHC plan, this is called an Education, Health, and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA)

The school will gather evidence and outcomes of the support that has been implemented along with information and reports from professionals. Any professional working with a child, young person or family can make a referral to the authority for an Education, Health, and Care Needs Assessment. It is usual for referrals to come from the child/young person's setting, school, or educational provider.

EHC Needs assessment request forms and guidance

For setting, school, or educational provider

Usually, referrals do come from the child/young person's setting, school, or educational provider. Any professional working with a child, young person or family can make a referral to the authority for an Education, Health, and Care Needs Assessment. Alongside this the child/young person’s views will need to be captured.

The following links are downloadable for professionals to view, complete and email to SENSTART@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

EHC Needs Assessment Form 
EHC Needs Assessment request guidance

Capture and include -
Child views 
Young Person views 
Parent Carers views 

 

For parent/carer or young person over the age of 16

A parent/carer or young person over the age of 16 can make a direct request for an Education, Health, and Care Needs Assessment. However, we recommend that they speak to the child or young person's teacher or Special Needs co-ordinator (SENCo) first as they will be able to help you.

The following links are downloadable for parent/carer/young person to view, complete and email to: SENSTART@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Parent/ Carer EHC Needs Assessment form 
Parent/ Carer EHC Needs Assessment request guidance 

Young Person EHC Needs Assessment form
Young Person EHC Needs Assessment request guidance

How long does it take to process an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA)?

If a parent, young person or a school/college asks the Local Authority to carry out an EHC needs assessment, they must receive a response to their request within 6 weeks. To complete the EHC needs assessment, evidence must be gathered in order to make the appropriate decision. 

If the request is refused, the parent/young person must be informed with reasons, and they have the right to appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. A EHC plan should be offered if the child or young person's needs assessment indicates that the needs are greater than a mainstream education setting can support. 

Can parents/carers/young people name a school of their choice?

Parents or the young person should name the setting they wish to attend.  It is the Local Authority's duty to ensure the necessary provision is delivered, and the plan should be reviewed at least on an annual basis.

Guidance for Young People on the EHC Needs Assessment Process

We are currently working on a guidance document for young people which we will be included here.

The Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service provide advice and support should you require assistance.

Further Advice and Information on EHCP

You can find out more about Education, Health and Care plans (EHCPs) by contacting the Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service.

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