It’s essential that your child or young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan identifies and provides for all your child’s special educational needs and disabilities. If the need isn’t in the plan, no provision will be made or funded. Once it’s finalised, it’s unlikely to be changed before the next annual review.
If you’ve received or are about to receive your child’s draft EHCP, whether it’s a new plan or following an annual review, you have 15 working days to check through it and ask for any amendments. For parents who already have a lot to deal with day-to-day, that’s a very short space of time to go through what may be a complicated document!
Nevertheless, it’s vital the draft plan is gone over with a fine tooth-comb. The majority of parents find the draft plan is inadequate in either naming or meeting – or both – their child or young person’s needs. It’s not uncommon for parents to discover the wrong name, wrong gender or wrong diagnosis on the plan – and that’s just basic information! Sorting it all out can take many hours of detailed work and many parents don’t know where to start.
It may also be that you want to ask for a personal budget but aren’t sure how this might work, or your case officer has told you that their local authority “doesn’t do personal budgets”. This is wrong. It’s your right to request a PB to cover your child’s needs, although the LA doesn’t have to agree to it. Often children and their parents have not been offered assessments by the LA’s social care department so these needs are missing from the plan.
This is where our fixed-price service to M.O.T their EHCP comes in!
We can give your child’s draft EHCP a thorough “M.O.T”!
Education Lawyers’ specialist solicitors will give your child’s draft Education, Health and Care Plan a complete “M.O.T” health check. We’ll closely check the details and advise if it meets the relevant legal requirements. We’ll provide advice on how a draft EHCP can be improved so that the provision and therapies meet all your child’s special educational needs so you can take it back to your case officer for amendments. We’ll also tell you what’s missing and what needs to be done to fix it.
We can provide this advice either in writing or by telephone. There’s a fixed fee, so there are no nasty surprises at the end.
Cost: A one-off fee of £350 (plus VAT).
Call us on 01452 555166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your MOT. Alternatively, click below to arrange a callback