If a child’s needs are very complex and/or severe we may ask the Local Authority to carry out an Education, Health and Care Assessment:
- This is a very detailed assessment of each child’s needs. Parents or carers, the school and a range of professionals will all be asked to provide a written report.
- At the end of the assessment phase the Local Authority will consider these reports to help decide whether or not to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan for the child.
- Parents and carers also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment although it is usually best if you can do this with the support of the school.
- An Education, Health and Care Assessment is only appropriate for a very small number of children. Your SENCO will be able to advise you if you have any further queries.