We then have 6 weeks to decide whether or not to carry out an assessment. It would be helpful if you could provide any information from your child's school or any medical reports that are available to be sent along with the completed form. This will help us make a decision quicker. If no information is provided, we will seek information from services that are involved with your child.
If we decide not to go ahead with an assessment we'll tell you the reasons and including information on possible next steps. The Local Offer directory also provides information on local services who offer support to children and young people with additional needs and their families.
During the assessment we'll collect information from:
- The child or young person
- The parent or carer
- The education setting
- An educational psychologist
- Other health and care professionals that are appropriate
Your views are very important, we'll ask how you think your child could be helped.
If you're a young person, we will speak to you throughout the assessment and make sure your views are heard and listen to.
We use all this information to find out what your child's needs are and make a decision about what kind of support is needed. This will be by week 16. We will write to you with the decision as to whether an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is needed or not.
If we decide not to go ahead with an EHCP, we’ll tell you the reasons and provide you with a Summary of Assessment which will include the needs of your child, and the suggested strategies in order to support your child in education.
A Summary of Assessment is is not a ’ statutory’ plan as all the provision can be made from the resources which are normally available to school or college. The summary will contain information directly drawn from the advice that the professionals who assessed your child provided.
If we decide to go ahead, a final Education, Health and Care Plan will be issued within 20 weeks of the request for an assessment.
For an overview of the timescales involved for an assessment see the Education, Health and Care needs assessment flowchart (PDF document).