A request for assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) should be sent in by the child/young person’s school or setting (in some cases parents or other professionals can make a referral). If a parent wishes to make a request for an EHC assessment, it is important that they discuss this with their child’s school so that all the relevant information that is needed is gathered together and a joined up approach is planned. In exceptional cases, if parents still wish to make the request themselves, they should use the form here. This comes in to the Local Authority 0-25 SEND Team. School/setting referrals should contain evidence of at least 2 terms worth of interventions and support that have already been put in place (the Graduated Response). More information here.
At the point that the referral is received by the team, the parents/carers or young person and the school are informed that the request has been received. The Local Authority will also contact the parents/carers or young person to gather their views. If appropriate the family or young person can be supported by an advocate.
The Local Authority will consult with the child and their parents or the young person throughout the process of assessment and the producing of the EHC Plan.
The request and its accompanying evidence will be looked at by the SEND Moderating Panel and a decision is made by the Local Authority to continue to assess or not to assess. This decision will be reached within 6 weeks. This decision is then communicated to the parents/carers or the young person, and to the school setting.
Last updated: 04/04/2018