“EHC plans should be clear, concise, understandable and accessible to parents, children, young people, providers and practitioners. They should be written so they can be understood by professionals in any local authority”
Single Route of Redress National Trial
The Government are trialling extending the powers of the First tier tribunal to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) - The powers of the Tribunal are currently limited to decisions concerning special educational needs, special education provision and educational placement (B,F,I) The new powers will enable the Tribunal to make recommendations on the health and social care aspects of an EHCP, except whether or not to carry out an EHC needs assessment, which will give parents and young people the ability to appeal associated health and social care issues via a single route (G,H), and although non-binding the Government has been really clear that it expects commissioners to follow the recommendations. The trial will apply to decisions made from April 3rd 2018, and will run for two years.
The aims of the trial are to:
Create a more holistic, person-centred view of the child or young person’s needs at the Tribunal
Bring appeal rights in line with the wider remit of EHC plans
Encourage joint working
Bring about positive benefits to children, young people and parents