How to request an EHC Assessment
A request to the Local Authority to carry out an EHC assessment for a child or young person between 0 and 25, can be made by:
- A school or post 16 institution (ideally with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person)
- the child’s parent (please complete a parent, carers or young persons request for a statutory education, health and care assessment)
- a young person over 16 and under 25 (please complete a parent, carers or young persons request for a statutory education, health and care assessment)
- other people (ref SEND code of practice 0 to 25 years 9.9 & 9.10)
The Process for Assessment
Requests that come from schools must have all the information necessary for us to make a decision about whether it is appropriate to carry out an assessment or not.
The information we need to make that decision is:
- The views of the family and child – We call this the Family Conversation Record for Statutory EHC Assessment
- Information from the school – attainment, progress, attendance, special educational needs, support and interventions with outcomes, additional support needed and expected outcomes
- Medical questionnaire/consent form
- Any professional reports. An education psychology assessment is essential
If a request comes without the school information then a decision cannot be made.
Parents, Carers or Young people themselves may also request an EHCP assessment by contacting the SEN Assessment Team (START). Their email address is email@example.com, telephone 0121 704 6690. A request form is available online. This should be returned to START at Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3QB. It is recommended that before making such an application for an EHCP assessment, the issues should be discussed with the special needs co-ordinator (SENCO) at the setting the pupil attends. Remember we cannot make a decision without clear evidence of needs.
If we do not make an assessment then we will tell you why we have made that decision and tell you about other support, if appropriate.
If we decide to make an assessment, the Guide to the EHC Assessment Process will show you what will happen.
Advice, Information and Support for parents/carers
Solihull SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support) are here to support children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers.
The vision for the service is that children and young people with SEND, and their parents/carers, will be more aware of their entitlements, the options available and will be able to make informed decisions. Information, advice and support for children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers will be impartial, free, accurate, confidential, comprehensive and easily accessible/understandable.