Unfortunately, due to the current situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) all Home/School Visits and face to face meetings have had to be postponed until further notice.
The EHC assessment and EHC Plan review processes are continuing however, and you will be able to contact your Casework Officers as usual. Where possible meetings will be held via telephone or videolink to make sure we can still have conversations with you and gather as much information as possible for assessments.
If you have any queries during this time please contact your Casework Officer.
The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Children and Families Act (2014) extends the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring their needs are properly met. It takes forward the reform programme set out by the Department for Education in ‘Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps’ by:
- Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth to 25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families Personal Budgets so that they have more control over the support they need.
- Improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together.
- Requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support.