Education, Health and Care Needs assessments
Children with special educational needs require extra attention and care. Parents with children with such needs want to feel at ease knowing that their educational needs are properly met.
If you are faced with legal challenges, it is in your best interests to instruct a solicitor who is experienced, knowledgeable of education law and committed to providing high-quality legal services. At Moore Blatch we will work hard to deliver the results you need.
EHC Needs assessments and timelines
A parent or the school can make a request to the Local Authority for an Education, Health and Care Needs assessment of the child's special educational needs pursuant to the Children and Families Act 2014. The Local Authority has 6 weeks from the date of the request to make a decision as to whether or not it will conduct an assessment.
If the Local Authority agrees to asses the child, it has 20 weeks to gather all the information about the child and issue a proposed Education, Health and Care Needs Plan ("EHCP") within 2 weeks of receipt of the information.
Parents then have 15 days to make representations about the content of the proposed EHCP. The Local Authority must finalise the EHCP within 8 weeks of receipt of the parental comments. The whole process takes 26 weeks.
If the Local Authority refuses to carry out an Education, Health and Care Needs assessment, the parents can appeal this decision to SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal) within 2 months of receipt of the decision.
If the Local Authority decides not to issue an EHCP, the parents may also appeal to SEND within 2 months of receipt of the decision.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding your child's learning disability and educational law needs. You can contact us online or by phone on 023 8071 8000.