Most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can have their needs met through their local mainstream education setting. If a higher level of support is required, an education, health and care plan (EHCP) may be available.
In Havering we are committed to working together across Education, Health and Social Care (multi-agency) in a joined up approach, the process by which we work together and what you can expect can be found by clicking on this link Havering EHCP Process
An education, health and care plan is for children and young people aged 0-25 who have special educational needs and disabilities who need more support than mainstream education settings can deliver.
You can get a plan by:
- making an application to the local authority
- speaking to your child’s nursery, school or college
It is advised that you read the application guidance before applying.
You should hear back about your request within 6 weeks.
You can use the mediation service if you are unhappy with your local authority’s decision:
- not to carry out an education, health and care assessment
- not to draw up an education, health and care plan
- not to amend the education, health and care plan
- on the contents of the education, health and care plan
- to cease maintaining an education, health and care plan
You must arrange mediation within 2 months of receiving the decision. Mediation is provided free of charge by the local authority.
To arrange a mediation service, contact the local authority on the details provided within your decision letter.
If your appeal does not relate to the above or if you do not wish to take up mediation, you can make an appeal to the First Tier Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Tribunal.
You must make your appeal within 2 months of receiving the outcome of your assessment.
Historically, the local authority used to provide Statements of Special Educational Needs. By April 2018, all existing Statements of Special Educational Needs will need to be transferred over to education, health and care plans.
If your statement is being converted into a plan, the statement will remain in place until you leave education.