When the team around the child makes the decision to request the statutory assessment they will gather information and submit it to a multi agency panel.
The multi-agency decision making panel meets regularly to discuss requests and makes decision on whether to proceed to a statutory assessment. The panel makes their decision based on the legal test as outline in the Code of Practice.
Parents and the referrer will be informed of the outcome by letter.
If a decision to assess is made we will gather information from relevant professionals including an edcational psychologist about the child or young person's education, health and care needs, desired outcomes and special educational health and care provision that maybe required to meed identified needs and achieve desired outcomes. You will also be allocated an education health care co-ordinator who can support you throughout the whole process including the completion of section A which takes into account your views, wishes and aspirations of those of your child and young person's. The co-ordinator will be a point of contact for the school or setting and will also chair/attend the family meeting and subsequent reviews as required.
After your local authority has made its assessment, having involved you and your child or young person fully in the process, it will then decide whether or not an EHC plan is necessary. If they decide that an EHC plan is not needed, they must tell you within 16 weeks of the date they received a request for an assessment.