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Education Health and Care Plans

The Children and Families Act 2014 came into force on 1 September 2014. This changes the way that Bradford Council and Health providers support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Here you will find further information about the changes  A Guide for Parents :: Bradford Schools Online

The conversion from statements to EHC plans is currently taking place in Bradford district. All existing statements will be converted to EHC plans by April 2018. 

Here you will find further information about the special educational needs and disability support service including how to request an Assessment from 1 September 2014 :: Bradford Schools Online

Here you will find information about the forms you need to complete to request an assessment SEND Documentation vault :: Bradford Schools Online

Here you will find information about the Independent Parental Support that is available in the Bradford District and how you can access it Independent Parental Suport

“No child or young person should lose their statement and not have it replaced with an EHC plan simply because the system is changing.” (Transition to the new 0-25 special educational needs and disability system, August 2014, section 2.3 page 7)

The table below indicates the academic year in which the transfer review will take place. The actual date of the review will be communicated by the school or setting.

Current Year Group (as of September 2014)

Year of Conversion Review

Year group the child/young person will be in at the time the conversion review takes place (this will happen at the end of each key stage)

Nursery 1

Sept 2016 to July 2017

Reception

Nursery 2

Sept 2015 to July 2016

Reception

Reception

Sept 2014 to July 2015

Reception

Year 1

Sept 2015 to July 2016

Year 2

Year 2

Sept 2014 to July 2015

Year 2

Year 3

Sept 2017 to July 2018

Year 6

Year 4

Sept 2016 to July 2017

Year 6

Year 5

Sept 2015 to July 2016

Year 6

Year 6

Sept 2014 to July 2015

Year 6

Year 7

Sept 2016 to July 2017

Year 9

Year 8

Sept 2015 to July 2016

Year 9

Year 9

Sept 2014 to July 2015

Year 9

Year 10

Sept 2015 to July 2016

Year 11

Year 11

Sept 2014 to July 2015

Year 11

Year 12

Sept 2015 to July 2016

Year 13

Year 13

Sept 2014 to July 2015

Year 13

Year 14

Sept 2014 to July 2015 Year 14

In addition, children and young people with a Statement leaving custody between 1 September 2014 and 1 April 2015 will have a transfer review.

Children and young people with Statements will continue to have an Annual Review as normal during this transition period.

Information for parents, carers and young people including the transfer review process

In July 2014 Bradford Council informed all Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) at schools and settings of the due dates for the conversion reviews. Further details about the conversion review process is available on Bradford Schools Online



What is a personal budget? 

If your child has an EHC plan or has been assessed as needing a plan you are entitled to request a personal budget. This is an amount of money your local authority (Council) has identified to meet the needs in your child's EHC plan. There is the option as a parent or carer to be involved in choosing and arranging part of the provision to meet your child's needs. 

The legal frameworks for eligibility for personal budgets differ between adult and children’s legislation.  A personal budget represents all the resources that are available to meet the needs of an individual.  If someone qualifies for an education, health and care (EHC) plan there could be elements of support from all three services. 

A plan will provide a monetary value that is available, some of the provision may be in the form of a direct payment or all of it in the form of services commissioned by the council, particularly for education services. 

Resource allocation tools are being reviewed to ensure they better match the range of needs in the Bradford district. Adult Services will continue to offer direct payments and are looking to develop further options where a provider manages funds on behalf of one or more people..

On this website you will find a description of the services across education, health and social care that currently lend themselves to use of a personal budget. Parents of children with disabilities and disabled young people who receive packages of support following a social care assessment and/or Children's Continuing Health Care assessment can already request Direct Payments.

How do Direct Payments work?

The Support Option Team visit people once they have received a referral to set up a Direct Payment. The team goes through the full range of responsibilities in managing a Direct Payment. People may choose to manage the Direct Payment fully themselves. If they wish, people can also receive the following support through the Support Options Team in managing their budget: Referral to specialist payroll and accounting services, which offer a range of support including processing wages and calculating and deducting tax and national insurance contributions for any support staff employed through the Direct Payment; these service are also able to hold the funding for the Direct Payment recipient. The Support Options Team can also guide parents and young people through the Connect to Support Bradford website which contains a whole range of payroll and accounting services that people may wish to use. Support is also available from their allocated Worker and Connect to Support Bradford.

The Support Options Team work with parents and young people, once they have been allocated a budget, to calculate which portion of the budget is to be allocated to buying in services, paying for insurance, contingencies etc. Each Direct Payment undergoes a financial review at least annually, this is undertaken by Bradford Council’s Community Care Admin Team. The review is carried out to ensure that the Direct Payment funding has been used to meet eligible assessed care needs and that spend of the budget is accounted for. Information about the financial reviews are contained in the individual Direct Payment contract that each family/young person receives and is explained by the Support Options Team on initial and follow up visits. Where funding from Direct Payments is being used to employ support staff directly, it is compulsory of families/young people to purchase Employer’s Liability Insurance.

Personal Budgets are optional for the child’s parent or the young person but local authorities are under a duty to prepare a budget when requested. The child’s parent or the young person has a right to request a Personal Budget, when the local authority has completed an EHC needs assessment and confirmed that it will prepare an EHC plan. They may also request a Personal Budget during a statutory review of an existing EHC plan. Where a direct payment is proposed for special educational provision, local authorities must secure the agreement of the early years setting, school or college, if any of the provision is to be delivered on their premises.

  • Support is provided through the allocated Worker, the Council's Support Options Team and Connect to Support.

More Information on Personal budgets can be found here.

More Information on Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP) and Assesments can be found here

 

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