Finding out more about Education Health and Care Plans
Education Eligibility Criteria Statement
A statutory assessment and Education, Health and Care Plan may be required for children and young people with SEN aged 0 to 25 years if the following apply:
The child or young person:
• Has severe and/or complex long term needs that affect everyday life
• Requires provision and resources that are not normally available within an education setting
• Requires intensive help and support from more than one agency
• Despite high levels of support is making limited or no progress
For children and young people of statutory school age, there would also need to be evidence of a graduated response i.e. that appropriate interventions, support and resources, available through the Local Offer and School's SEN funding, have already been put in place.
The majority of children and young people with SEN will have their needs met within local mainstream early years providers, schools or colleges from within the resources normally available to them. SEN support should be adapted or replaced depending on how effective it has been in achieving the agreed outcomes. Where, despite the setting/School/College having taken relevant and purposeful action to identify, assess and meet the special educational needs of the child, the child has not made expected progress, they should consider requesting an EHC assessment. To inform its decision the local authority will expect to see evidence of the action taken by the school as part of SEN support.
A request for an EHC Needs Assessment should therefore only be made where a child is failing to make expected progress following the Assess/Plan/Do/Review cycles AND the special educational provision required to meet the child or young person's needs cannot reasonably be provided from with the resources normally available to their setting.
Support for Parents
If you are part of a family with disabled children and young people you may benefit from additional support. The support available is varied and ranges from support groups to specialized agencies. Often the main barrier to accessing the necessary support is a lack of information. Here are a few suggestions on how to access the information needed.
Children's Information and Advice Service (CIAS)
This is the first contact point for children's services in Birmingham City Council. CIAS offers a brokerage service to help locate services that support the families of children and young people with disabilities.
CIAS Plus aims to provide information to parents and carers of children or young people with a disability. This is an opt-in service where parents choose to provide details of their child to CIAS. An information pack is provided to all families and regular publications are sent to these families automatically. CIAS will also send out details of any events that will of particular interest.
Contact a Family West Midlands
A charity that helps families who care for children with any disability or special need. It provides information and advice and runs workshops and provides opportunities to meet with other families.
Tel: 0121 415 4624
Birmingham Carers' Hub
The Birmingham Carers' Hub can help provide information, advice, training, short breaks and support. It also provides access to Emergency Respite Support
Tel 0121 448 7088
There are a number of support groups for families of children or young people with disabilities. Some groups are for all disabilities and others support specific conditions
If you would like to find out more about Education Health and Care Plans, please visit https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/50034/special_educational_needs_or_disabilities
I am always available to discuss any questions you may have about SEN at Hollywood and the Education Health and Care Plan Process.
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