The changes to the law regarding Education, Health and Care Plans have been extended to 30th June

News - 1 June 2020

The temporary changes brought in from 1st May for one month have been extended until 30th June. The Department for Education will keep this under review and there may be a further extension if necessary.

The changes remain the same as in May i.e. they offer greater flexibility to local authorities, commissioning health bodies and other bodies who contribute to the EHC process in responding to the demands placed on them by COVID-19.

Some aspects of EHC needs assessments are plans are unchanged; a local authority must still:

  • Consider requests for a new EHC needs assessment
  • Secure all of the required advice and information in order to be able to issue a plan
  • Have regard to the views and wishes of a child, the child’s parent or a young person when carrying out its SEND functions.

You can read the latest guidance here.  

An open letter from the Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford, regarding the wider opening of schools

Vicky Ford has written to all children and young people with SEND, their parents/carers and families and others who support them, outlining how the wider opening of schools may affect them. The letter includes links to the latest relevant guidance, including on risk assessments, and how to approach the phased return to school for children and young people with SEND. There is also an announcement of a funding of £37.3 million for the Family Fund, which provides grants to families on low incomes who have children with disabilities or severe medical conditions.

Read the letter:

Minister Ford's open letter to SEND sector schools opening.pdf