An update from Derby City Council on the changes to EHCP processes during COVID-19.
Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)
In response to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 crisis, on 30th April the Government announced temporary changes to some of the legal duties and timescales applied to local authorities, health commissioning bodies and others involved in the processes for delivering Education, Health and Care Plans and for securing provision.
These changes will only be in force from 1st May to 25th September 2020 and they will be kept under review. Details of these changes and what this means are in the table below.
As a local area we recognise how challenging home isolation is for many of our young people and children with SEND, and the families supporting them. We are committed to maintaining education, health and care provision for these children, but also to extending support, where possible, to families in most need.
These temporary changes are allowing certain rules and duties regarding EHC Needs assessments and plans to be modified whilst the services involved are impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. All other requirements of the EHC process remain unchanged.
But please be assured that this does not signal a “pause” or suspension of any legal duties of the Local Authority and health commissioning board (CCG).
We still must consider each child and young person individually and what can be reasonably provided in the circumstances, during the notice period.
What has changed
What this means
· A temporary easing of the legal duty from ‘best endeavours’ down to a duty to use ‘reasonable endeavours’.
· Once this notice expires or is cancelled, providers will all need to ensure everything specified in an EHCP is put/put back into place.
· temporarily replaces the statutory timeframes for assessments and annual reviews. the specific time limits will not apply, only where the situation is affected by COVID19, placing a duty on us to fulfil these responsibilities as soon as practicably possible.
Here is the link to the full guidance;
The Local Authority will be updating all parents and carers with children with EHCPs in more detail in letter about these changes over the next week but in the meantime, if you have any particular worries then please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Marson, SEND Team Manager by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01332 647868.
SEN School Information
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils' with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The four broad ‘areas of need’ are defined as:
Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.
Our school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Mrs Beth Holmes. She has dedicated time each week to support children and families. If you would like to see Mrs Holmes, an appointment can be made with her through our school office or alternatively please email her directly at email@example.com.
From the 1st September 2014, under Section 65 (3) (a) of the Special Educational Needs (Information) Regulations, all schools are required to publish an SEN Information Report on their school websites.
SEND Local Offer
On this page you can find information of what schools and colleges are available across the city. You will also be able to find out how each school caters for different levels of needs, how to apply for a place, the funding that might be available and how to receive support. There are many education providers across the city and county that offer great opportunities for children and young peoples learning.
Alternatively, if your address falls into Derbyshire County Council, their local offer can be found here...
Pyramids of support for SEN/SAFs
Here at St. George's, we have a procedure we follow with regards to our children with additional needs.
If your child is experiencing any difficulties within school, please click the links to see our pyramid procedure of support for these children.
We will refer to these pyramids should we need to discuss your child with you and this set out how we can help them step by step.