The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years states that the Local Authority must be available for a meeting with the child’s parent/carers or the young person if parent/carers wish to discuss the contents of the Draft Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).


In Bristol a Draft EHCP Meeting is arranged once an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment is agreed.


People invited to attend the meeting are:

  • Parent/carers/young person
  • SEN Coordinator or Inclusion Manager of the setting the child/young person attends
  • Health professionals currently working with the child/young person
  • Social Care staff who currently work with the child/young person
  • Educational Psychologist
  • A member of support services such as KIDS, Supportive Parents if parent/carer/ young person invites them directly (see page 5 for more details on these services).


The meeting where possible will be chaired by the SEN Assessment Coordinator. The meeting allows the parent/carers/young person to discuss their thoughts on the Draft EHCP, discuss their choice/type of school, and request any amendments to the document. Changes to the draft may be agreed at the meeting although the SEN Assessment Coordinator may need to seek approval for some changes requested.


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If you are a young person, parent or carer and you think you might need some further information, advice or support contact Supportive Parents, Bristol's SEND Information, Advice and Support service.  For information and support through the EHCP process contact KIDS, Bristol's Independent Support Service.


This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.