Frequently asked questions

Parental involvement in the process

When a request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) is received, the Local Authority will notify the parents/carers (and the young person if aged 16 and over), that it is considering whether an EHCNA is necessary and will consult them as soon as practicable. The Local Authority will pay particular attention to parents'/carers' views and wishes for their child or young person’s future, and the views of the child or young person. If the Local Authority decides to issue an EHC Plan, it will incorporate those views of the child or young person’s needs and the parent/carer's aspirations for their future at the start of the Plan. The Local Authority will provide a draft Plan and invite parents/carers to a meeting to discuss the content of the draft Plan and how the recommended support will be delivered. The views of the child or young person come to the fore once they reach the age of 16 and they will also be invited to attend the meeting.