On 1 May 2020, some temporary changes to the law around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans were made. If your child has an EHC plan, or is being assessed for one, this is what you need to know.
The temporary changes to the law affected two areas:
- The duty to secure special educational provision and health care provision in accordance with an EHC plan – this about making sure that a child gets the support that’s set out in their EHC plan. This legal change has now ended and the law has returned to what it was before coronavirus.
- The timescales for EHC needs assessments and plans – this change will stay in place until 25th September 2020.
You can find out what these mean for parents, children and young people in the drop down sections below.
Changes to the law were made because of the coronavirus outbreak. Services and support for children and young people with SEND have had to change, nurseries, schools and colleges are physically closed, and some services are under strain. The changes to the law aim to try and find a balance between the rights of children and young people with SEND and the demands on local authority and health services to respond to their needs.
The changes to the law started on 1 May 2020 and can’t be applied to things that happened before that.
Some of the changes to the law may look complicated, or you may not be sure whether they apply for your child or not. If you’d like advice or help about your situation, contact us for more information. You can also find more information about the legal changes on the Devon County Council SEND webpages and the IPSEA website.
You can also read more about returning to school in September.