On Monday 19 March in Education Questions, I asked the government how many children with special educational needs and disabilities they expected would not have Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) in place by their deadline of 1 April.
EHCPs are legal documents that describe a child or young person's special educational, health and social care needs, and explains the extra help that schools, local authorities, and health and social care providers will give to a child. However, recent freedom of information requests from campaigners have indicated that across the country almost 21,000 children might not have EHCPs in place by 1 April.
There is no one-size fits all approach that can identify support needs for children with special educational needs and disabilities. But if local authorities are likely to miss the deadline for getting EHCPs in place, it is imperative that the government provides additional support and funding to ensure that the burdens of local government cuts don't continue to fall on children and young people who need proper support packages put in place.
If your child has an SEN statement and hasn't yet been given an EHCP, and you live in Bristol West I want to hear from you. Please get in touch with me in confidence via email - email@example.com.
Can the Minister tell us how many children with special educational needs or a disability will not have an education and healthcare plan by the Government’s deadline of 1 April?
Nadhim Zahawi (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education)
Our aim is that every child will have a plan in time. Those who do not can be assured that their support will be maintained, but most local authorities are on target to deliver the health and care plans.
You can watch the exchange below: