Transferring to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
How children and young people with Statements of SEN will get an EHCP
Since September 2014, all existing Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) are gradually being transferred to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in line with Government guidance.
When will a Statement of SEN be transferred to an EHCP?
This transfer will take place following a Transfer Review. These Reviews are currently prioritised for children preparing to start school in Reception class, children in year 5 and year 9, and those preparing to leave a school setting (this could be in years 11, 12, 13 or 14).
Young people in further education with an LDA and who are expected to remain there beyond 1September 2016 will be assessed to establish if they will require the level of support and coordination that could be provided via an EHCP. If assessed as eligible, they will receive an EHCP prior to September 2016.
All Statements of Special Educational Need must be transferred to EHCPs by 1 April 2018. The Local Authority will transfer everyone who currently has a Statement of Special Educational Need to an EHCP unless there is a reason why the Statement would have been about to cease in any case, for example, if the young person has found a job, is moving to Higher Education or no longer requires any special educational provision to be provided in school.
The Local Authority or your school’s Head Teacher will notify you at least 2 weeks in advance of the transfer review process starting for your child.
What happens in a Review?
Each family and/or young person has the right to contact Core Assets Independent Support Service to obtain the support of an independent supporter to guide them through the process.
The independent supporter and/or your child’s school gain the child and family's views, following the process used for annual reviews.
An officer from the Local Authority from within the SEN Team will attend a transfer meeting at your child’s school. At the Review meeting, parents, children, young people and those who work with them will be able to say what outcomes they think should be included in the EHCP and will discuss the information provided for the review.
How is the EHCP finalised?
The draft is sent out by the SEN Department. Parents and young people are given the opportunity to suggest amendments and be consulted over the draft plan. The Local Authority reviews and agrees the draft. Then the final EHCP is then issued.
The education provider where the child or young person is currently and the provider they are transferring to (if they are changing placement) is then given a copy of the Plan.
How long will it take?
The process will normally take 20 weeks or less from start to finish
More information about the process can be found in the SEN Code of Practice January 2015 and guidance on the Government’s website called Implementing a new 0 to 25 special needs system: LAs and Partners.