In Professional Settings
If a child or young person with special educational needs and / or disabilities is attending, or is about to attend your setting, gathering information is key. This will help you understand the challenges the child may face in their setting.
Other Things to Consider
There may be a range of other professionals involved in the child’s care. With the consent of parents and carers, contacting them can help build a clear picture of how best to support the child.
Your settings SENCo will be able to offer support to the wider team and coordinate involved professionals.
There may be a requirement for additional training to meet the child’s needs and to ensure professionals safety.
Regular review of the plan and how well this is meeting the child’s needs - which may change over time, is important.
Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP)
When expected progress is not met despite the setting haven taken action to identify, assess and meet the special educational needs of the child, the child has not made expected progress, the setting should consider requesting an Education Health and Care needs Assessment.
It is intended to ensure that children and young people with an EHCP receive the support they need. The special educational needs provision stated in an EHCP must be provided.
Looked After Children
Local authorities should be particularly aware of the need to avoid any delays for looked after children and carry out the EHC assessment in the shortest possible timescale.
Addressing a looked after child's special educational needs will be a crucial part of avoiding breakdown in their care placement.
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