EHC Needs Assessments – How to raise your chances of success!
Children and young people who are struggling at school with a learning difficulty are entitled to apply for an assessment by their local authority to see if they are eligible for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. EHC plans were introduced in September 2014 and have replaced the old statement system. The local authority should complete an EHC assessment and if appropriate issue a plan within 20 weeks.
It was stated in National Statistics published by the Department of Education (SFR 17/2016, 26 May 2016) that during 2015 29,015 children and young people were assessed and of these, 96.2% received a Statement or EHC plan.
Unfortunately not all those who applied for an assessment were successful and in 2015, 10,935 applications were refused. This was an increase from 2014 whereby only 8,870 were refused. Not all parents that apply for an assessment have advice from a specialist and therefore do not always have the information to check that the process has been followed correctly. It is believed that in some cases the correct legal tests were not applied so many of these refusals could have been success stories. Gaining advice about your child’s assessment will help to reduce the risk of being unsuccessful in your application and ultimately will save you the stress and time of going through process alone.
If you are thinking about applying for an EHC plan for a child or young person please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful team who will help guide you through the process from start to finish.