A request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment for a child or young person can be made by the parent/carers or the young person themselves by sending a letter with supporting evidence to the SEN Team. With parental consent settings or professionals working with the family and child can also make a request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment. Evidence must be submitted with the request to show what interventions have been implemented and reviewed under the graduated approach and whether this has had an impact on the child/young person’s learning.
You can send your request by email or post to:
Office address: City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
Postal address: PO Box 3176 (CH) Bristol BS3 9FS
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0117 922 3700
When an application for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment has been made, the SEN Team will notify the parents/carers or young person by letter that the request for an EHC Needs Assessment has been received. The letter will also ask for the parent/carers or young person’s views.
The SEN Team will also make initial contact with professionals stated below to ask whether the child is known to them and if they have any information to forward. The SEN Team contact:
- The child or young person’s educational setting
- Educational Psychology though the Inclusion Service for notification of whether the child or young person is known to this team
- Secretary for the Health Team for notification of whether the child or young person is known to this team.
- Social Care Team for notification of whether the child or young person is known to this team.
Parent/carers are also invited to tell the Local Authority the names of any other professional (currently involved) who they would like the Local Authority to contact to seek advice, if an assessment is agreed.
Parent/carers or the young person will be notified by letter within a maximum of 6 weeks whether it is felt that the child/young person meets the criteria for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.
‘Local authorities may develop criteria as guidelines to help them decide when it is necessary to carry out an EHC needs assessment (and following assessment, to decide whether it is necessary to issue an EHC plan). However, local authorities must be prepared to depart from those criteria where there is a compelling reason to do so in any particular case and demonstrate their willingness to do so where individual circumstances warrant such a departure. Local authorities must not apply a ‘blanket’ policy to particular groups of children or certain types of need, as this would prevent the consideration of a child’s or young person’s needs individually and on their merits.'
9.16. DfE (2015) Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice
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Last Update 21 March 2017 by Findability Team.