From September 2014 there was the introduction of the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. This is a phased introduction and by 1st April 2018 Local Authorities must have transferred all children/young people with Statements of Special Educational Needs to the new SEN system following a transfer review meeting. Any new referrals from September 2014 will undergo the EHC Plan process. Staff work with schools and colleges, parents/carers and other agencies in the issuing of documentation and staff can give you advice about SEN arrangements and Statutory Assessment procedures. If your child is undergoing Statutory Assessment they will be able to keep you informed about the development of the assessment.
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, or from 1st September, your child is referred for an EHC assessment, the SEN Link Officers are your main point of contact if you have any questions about the arrangements and provision for your child/young person. SEN Link Officers support an identified cluster of schools/colleges in the timely and effective assessments, offering advice to educational establishments on their legislative responsibilities as laid out in the Code of Practice.