SEND Code of Practice says:
Local authorities must consult the child and the child’s parent or the young person throughout the process of assessment and production of an EHC plan. They should also involve the child as far as possible in this process. The needs of the individual child and young person should sit at the heart of the assessment and planning process.
The local authority will write to you to tell you what will happen and ask for your views. Your views and your child’s views are really important. IASS can give you information, advice and support to help you with this.
The local authority will ask a number of other people for information about your child. This is called ‘advice’ and it should include information about:
- your child’s education, health and care needs
- the desired outcomes for your child
- the special educational, health and care provision that might be required to meet their needs and achieve the desired outcomes
The local authority must ask for advice and information from:
- parents (or the young person)
- your child’s early years setting or school
- an educational psychologist
- health professionals who work with your child. This might include a paediatrician, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
- social care staff
- anyone else you ask them to contact who may be able to give relevant advice
If your child has a vision or hearing impairment the local authority must also seek information and advice from a suitably qualified teacher.
The local authority should also try to find out your child’s views. You, the school and other professionals may be able to help with this. If you think your child needs someone to help them give their views you can ask IASS for more information about this.
You will have the chance to discuss your child with everyone involved in the needs assessment and you will receive a copy of all the reports when the needs assessment is finished.
If you want information, advice or support during the EHC needs assessment contact IASS. This can include having an Independent Supporter to help you.
You can find out more about advice and information for EHC needs assessments in the
SEND Code of Practice sections 9.45 – 9.52.