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The DAF, EHCPs and the Local Offer

Where children’s learning based needs require a multi-agency approach, the school will initiate the Devon Assessment Framework (DAF) process. If concerns have been raised by other agencies we will also engage with their assessments through the DAF. This would always happen with your full involvement and is a consent based process.

Using the DAF, desired outcomes are agreed and recorded on ‘My Plan’ and progress towards these outcomes will be reviewed through Team Around the Child meetings.

 

Additional funding may be applied for using the DAF process where children are not making sufficient progress despite ongoing, targeted intervention. This is capped at £2000 by the local authority. School must initially spend £6000 on a pupil’s provision before additional funds can be sought.

Statutory assessment, or a request for an Education, Health and Care Plan (previously called a 'Statement of Special Educational Needs') may be sought when a child is demonstrating learning needs which are more complex and persistent than can be met by the interventions already put in place.  Interventions will have been implemented and evaluated over a period of time.  Pupils requiring consideration of statutory assessment always have multi-agency involvement (e.g. from an educational psychologist, paediatrician, school nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, communication and interaction practitioner, child and adolescent mental health worker, portage worker etc.) This is often for pupils who may require education in a non-mainstream setting in the longer term. 

 

The EHC Plan incorporates all information about the child from birth. All parties involved with the child contribute to this plan. If a Statutory Assessment is required the school, in consultation with the child, parents and outside agencies, will submit reports for consideration by the Local Authority’s Provision Panel.

 

In order for the County Council to make a decision on whether they can provide extra funding they will require:
• Information about the child’s progress over time

• Documentation in relation to the child's special educational need

• Details of the action taken by the school and other multi-agency professionals to meet the child’s special educational needs

• Particulars of any special resources or arrangements put in place

• Reports from the other agencies involved as well as from the Educational Psychologist

• Records of regular reviews and their outcomes

• Records of the child’s progress and attainment over time

 

The views of the parent and child are sought.

 

Parents may also make a Request for Statutory Assessment. Support with this is available through Devon’s Information Advice and Support Service (www.devonias.org.uk). If the school makes a Request for Statutory Assessment, parents can still access the Parent Partnership Services at any point in the process.

 

The process is defined by a specific timescale and statutory procedures. All of the evidence is gathered and sent to the Local Authority Special Educational Needs Officer who in turn sends it for review to the Special Educational Needs Panel. If the request is successful, then further evidence is gathered from all of the agencies who have involvement with the child.

 

If the Moderation Panel agrees to the need for an ‘Education Health Care Plan’ (which used to be known as a statement), the Local Authority will lead on the process. School will prepare the necessary documentation and send it to the Local Authority and support the drafting of the plan alongside the family and multi-agency professionals. Statements / EHC Plans are subject to annual review which will include parental views about the child’s progress. Further reviews can be arranged at any time if significant concerns arise or changes occur to a child's needs.

Where pupils have statements, these will be converted to EHCPs where the pupil still requires statutory assessment.  Local authorities must transfer all children and young people who have a Statement to the new SEND system by 1 April 2018 unless the Statement is no longer necessary.  This will happen at a Transfer Review which will normally happen at a child's Annual Review.  Families are fully involved in this process and can seek support from DIAS should this be helpful.

External Information

 

Devon's 'Local Offer' for SEND provides clear, up-to-date information on the services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The local offer covers provision for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25 and includes information on education, health and social care services and how to access them.  This is how Devon interpreted the new SEND Code of Practice 2014.  The link to the website is below.

Many of our families have benefitted from the support of DIAS as their children have been identified as having SEND and have undergone assessments.  The link to their website is below.