Where children’s learning based needs require a multi-agency approach this can happen in several ways depending on your family’s needs:
Early help: The School can initiate a Team around the Family (TAF) or an individualised Team around the Child (TAC) process using the Rights for Children record keeping system. This would always happen with your full involvement and is a consent based process. Follow this link for more details on the TAF process: Different kinds of SEND meetings - Devon Information Advice & Support (devonias.org.uk).
Education, Health and Care plans (EHCPs): An EHCP is for children and young people who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. EHCPs set out a child or young person’s education, health and care needs and the extra support required to meet them.
An Educational Health Care Plan may be sought when a child is demonstrating a significant cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent than can be met by the interventions already put in place. The EHC Plan incorporates all information about the child from birth. All parties involved with the child contribute to this plan. To get an EHCP, If a Statutory Assessment process is is required,. The School, in consultation with the child, parents and outside agencies will submit reports for consideration by the Local Authority Provision Panel. The process is best explained here: https://devonias.org.uk/documents/2019/10/ehc-needs-assessment-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers-2019.pdf
In order for the County Council to make a decision on whether they can provide extra funding they will require:
The views of the parent and child are sought. Parents may also make a Request for Statutory Assessment may be initiated by a parent/carer or the school at https://ehchub.devon.gov.uk/ . For families seeking an EHCP, Support with this is available through Devon’s information Advice and Support Service (DIAS) (www.devonias.org.uk) offer impartial advice about how to initiate this. It is always preferable if the school and family work together to initiate the process to avoid disappointing outcomes for families if their child does not yet meet the statutory thresholds for assessment.
If the School makes a Request for Statutory Assessment parents can still access the Parent Partnership / DIAS’s support at any point in the process. The process is defined by a specific timescale and statutory procedures. All the evidence is gathered and sent to the Local Authority Special Educational Needs Officer 0-25 team who in turn sends prepare it for review to by 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.
This EHCP process map, designed by the local authority, explains the process clearly.
If the Moderation Panel agrees 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. Statements/EHC Plans are subject to annual review which will include parental views about the child’s progress. These may be 12 months apart , but may be called more regularly , Further reviews can be arranged at any time if significant where changes to a child’s needs or concerns are raised.
The local offer can be found at https://www.devon.gov.uk/education-and-families/send-local-offer/about-send-and-the-local-offer/