From 1st September 2014 an Education, Health and Care plan has replaced the Statement of Educational Needs.
It covers all areas of special educational provision, health provision and social care provision.
Barking and Dagenham SEN department is responsible for the EHC Plan and reviews are held once a year to make sure that the provision in place is still appropriate.
The school or parents can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process and you can find more detail about this in the Local Authority based Local Offer, on the Local Authority web site.
- After the school has sent in the request to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including some from you), they will decide whether they think your child’s needs, are complex enough to require a statutory assessment. If this is the case they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report together, outlining your child’s needs. If they do not think your child requires an Educational Healthcare Plan, they will ask the school to continue with the support already in place, and will advise you in person of the outcome.
- After the reports have all been sent, the Local Authority will decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong. If this is the case they will write an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC). If this is not the case, they will ask the school to continue with the support identified and also set up a meeting in school to discuss why this was the decision that was made.