Children who need additional support

The Children’s and Young People’s Disability Service leads on completing Social Care Advice to inform the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) process. 

If a child or young person is open to Children’s Social Care, the request will be sent to the allocated worker to complete. This is because the allocated worker will already know your child well and would be best placed to provide this information to support the EHCNA application. 

If a child or young person is not open to Children’s Social Care, the request will be sent to the Children’s and Young People’s Disability Service to complete. A member of our team will make contact with you and book in a suitable time to complete an Early Help Assessment. The assessment is usually done by the telephone or virtually. The Early Help Assessment will focus on your child’s needs and look at any strengths or challenges they may have in relation to their Social Care Needs. Once the assessment has been completed, the worker will write the Social Care Advice and submit it to the SEND team at Cognus. This will then be added into the Education, Health Care Needs Assessment. 

This diagram shows the Education, Health Care Needs Assessment process. A text version of the diagram is available here. 

 

 

Weeks 1 to 6. Step 1. Cognus/LA receives request for EHCNA. Step 2. Parents/young person completes All About Me. Step 3. LA and MAP reviews evidence to decide if an ENCHA is required. If EHCNA is not required, Next Steps Meeting is offered. If EHCNA is re