Next Steps Meeting (NSM)

Protocol for managing the NSM follow from decisions not to initiate an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments (EHCNA) and decisions not to issue Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). This is an opportunity for families and professionals to come together in this continuum of trust and partnership work. 

What happens if the EHCNA is not agreed to?  

If a request for an EHCNA is not agreed, based on the information provided to the multi-agency SEND Panel - comprising Health, Social Care, Education and School representatives at the time, a Next Steps meeting is offered. The role of the SEND Panel is to support the Local Authority in making consistent and appropriate decisions within the statutory framework (specifically the Children and Families Act 2014) for special educational needs and disability (SEND) from ages 0-25. The Panel is advisory. 

This is an opportunity for parents and carers to meet with professionals and the education setting, and to consider what the next steps are that everyone involved could take to help the child/young person fulfil their desired outcomes. This is also where a new SSP (SEND Support Plan) can be developed.  Read more about SEND Support Plans. The meeting will be organised and facilitated by a member of the Cognus education services, for example, from Therapies, Educational Psychology Services or SEN support who can provide input relevant to the child or young person’s needs.

Part of the discussion may be about how the school can use its notional funding effectively so that needs can continue to be met from the school’s resources.  There may also be a discussion about how an Additional Support Contract (targeted funding for time-limited, specific interventions) could be useful.  The discussion could also include what further information might be useful to help the Panel review the previous decision.

 

What happens if an EHCNA is carried out but as a result of the assessments carried out, it is shown that an EHCP is not required?

If the information provided to the Local Multi-Agency SEND Panel comprising Health, Social Care, Education and School representatives leads them to advise the Local Authority that an EHCP is not in fact required to meet the child or young person’s needs, then a Next Steps Meeting is arranged by the SEND Service.  This will be led by a member of the Cognus Education services who will be well placed to support the development of an SSP based on the information gathered through the EHC Needs Assessment.

Part of the discussion will be about how the school can continue to use its notional funding  effectively so that needs can be met from the school’s resources.  There may also be a discussion about how an Additional Support Contract (targeted funding for time-limited, specific interventions) could be useful, and what support from other services might be appropriate.  

 

29/06/2021, 12:00:45