You can ask us for an assessment if you think your child needs an Education, Health and Care Needs plan.
If you're a young person you can make a request to have an assessment.
To start the process off we'd ask you to complete:
If a child is under 5 we would ask that our early years request form is completed:
To help us make a decision about whether to carry out an assessment we need information from the nursery or school and up to date reports from any professionals who have worked with the child or young person.
To help you complete the form see the guide to when to request Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (PDF document).
You can contact our special educational needs service by:
A request can also be made by:
- Anyone at your child’s school or college
- A young person can make the request themselves if they're 16- 25
- A nursery worker
We then have 6 weeks to decide whether or not to carry out an assessment. We'll collect information from the child or young person, the parents or carers and the education setting.
If we decide not to go ahead with an assessment we'll tell you the reasons.
For an overview of the timescales involved for an assessment see the Education, Health and Care needs assessment flowchart (PDF document).
What the assessment involves
The assessment will take around 20 weeks. During the assessment we'll collect information from:
- The child or young person
- The parent or carer
- The education setting they attend
- An educational psychologist
- Other health and care professionals that are appropriate
The young person and their parent's views are very important and they will be asked about how they think they could be helped.
If you're a young person, we speak to you throughout the assessment to make sure we get your views and listen to you.
We use all this information to find out what your needs are and make a decision about what kind of support is needed.
Outcome of the assessment
If we feel that the child's needs can be met within their school, we may issue a Special Educational Needs Support Plan instead.
If the assessment shows your child needs an Education, Health and Care Plan we will create a draft and send you a copy.
You have 15 days to comment or ask for additional time to discuss it with us.
Support during the assessment
You can find out about available support on the special educational needs and disability information advice and support service (SENDIASS) web page.
Come along to the special educational needs drop in service for help and advice for all things related to the assessment and special educational needs.
The below websites also provide support during the assessment: