The majority of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities will have their needs met within local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges.
Some children and young people who have significant difficulties may require an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment in order for the council to decide whether it is necessary for it to make provision in accordance with an Education Health and Care plan (EHCP).
An Education, Health and Care Plan is a document that clearly sets out the special educational needs of a child or young person, what support they need, and who should provide it.
Parents - most commonly, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at your child or young person’s educational setting will speak to you about submitting a request for an EHC Needs Assessment if they think it is necessary.
Before submitting this request, the school must evidence that they have been supporting your child consistently within their own resources and that they have been monitoring their progress. In Hillingdon, many schools may develop a ‘My Support Plan’ for your child before they submit a request for an EHC Needs Assessment. The form to use can be accessed here.
Alternatively, Parents can request an EHC Needs Assessment on their child or young person’s behalf by completing the Parent and Young Person request form and send to the Special Educational Needs Team on the contact details below:
Special Educational Needs Team
Early Intervention Prevention and SEND Service, 4E/05, London Borough of Hillingdon, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW
Tel: 01895 277088
Professionals wishing to request an EHC Needs Assessment need to complete the EHC assessment application template.
Once we receive a request for an EHC Needs Assessment for a child or young person, we will write to you to confirm we have received this.
The Local Authority must then notify you within six weeks of receiving the request whether or not we intend to initiate an EHC Needs Assessment.
If the decision is to start the EHC Needs Assessment, the Local Authority will request advice from all the professionals involved with your child or young person. This may include a visit from an Educational Psychologist and an appointment with the Child Development Centre.
The information received through the EHC Needs Assessment will be used to decide whether an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is required.
If the decision following the EHC Needs Assessment is that an EHCP is not required, the Local Authority will inform you within 16 weeks of the date of the initial request. You will be issued with a My Support Plan which makes recommendations about the type of support the child or young person may benefit from.
If it is deemed that an EHCP is required, a draft plan will be issued. You will have 15 days from the date of issuing the plan to give your views on the plan and can submit a preference for an education setting at this stage.
The Education Health and Care Plan will be finalised within 20 weeks of the request for an assessment.
The government has created a plan to develop provision for young persons and pupils with EHCP's or statements of special educational need.
In Hillingdon we already have a strategy and plan in place to enable us to develop our provision for children and young people with SEND, which is our Additional Needs Strategy.
Further information can be found here:
If at any stage of the assessment and planning process a parent/carer or young person would like any impartial advice, they are advised to contact the SEND Information, Advice and Support Team (SENDIASS). More information and contact details can be found on their website.Last reviewed: 07/01/2019
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