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.
The conversion from statements to EHC plans is now completed and all existing statements have been converted to EHC plans. For information about Bradford's Transition timeline plan to convert all statements to EHC plans click here
Information for parents/carers, young people or referrers considering making a request for Education Health Care Assessment (EHCA)
If your child attends a nursery, school, college or a specialist provision then in the first instance you must speak to the special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) and or Headteacher before requesting an EHC assessment (EHCA).
Alternatively if you and your child or young persons provision disagree that a EHCA request should be made, then you can request for an EHC assessment yourself using the Parent/Carer/Young person 16+ request for EHCA form at the bottom of this page within the resource fileand If you would like to discuss a potential request for assessment please ring: 01274 435750 (SEND Services).
If you would like independent help, you may wish to get advice and support about SEND and EHCA from Bradford's Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Information and Advice Support Service (SENDIASS Barnardo's). They can be contacted at Barnardo’s, 40-42 Listerhills Science Park, , Bradford, BD7 1HR, Telephone (01274) 513300 or email: Bradfordsendiass@barnardos.org.uk
The EHC Assessment Pathway is a useful guide for parent/carers, young people and professionals to view Bradford local authorities EHC Assessment process and timelines, please view the EHCA Pathway document within the resource file at the bottom of this page.
To request for a NHS Continuing Health Care Package
NHS Continuing Health Care Package is for adults, children and young people if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that can't be met by existing universal or specialist services alone. Find out moreclick here and to request for NHS Continuing Health Care Package use the Parent/Carer/Young person 16+ request for EHCA form at the bottom of this page within the resource file
EHCP Peer Support Workshops
The EHCP Peer Support Workshop which has been organised in partnership with Parents Forum Bradford and Airedale, can give you support during the statutory assessment process as well as the opportunity to meet other parent/carers.
Useful document-Securing good quality advice for EHC Plans-The purpose of the document is to support local authorities (LAs) to set up processes that facilitate getting good social care advice. Social care teams need to have this in place to be able to adequately respond and contribute to good quality education, health and care (EHC) plans that meet both the letter and the spirit of the Children and Families Act 2014. To view the document click here.
Factsheet and FAQ on EHC plan eligibility for 19-25 year olds Click here to find out more
Further detailed information about Assessments, EHC plans and examples Click here
EHC Assessment request forms for professionals can be found at the bottom of this page within the resource file see SEND Referral Form/ SEND Referral Form 16plus. For further information about EHCP guide's and documents for professionals click here.
To find out more about Identifying and Assessing SEND view the "What Local Authorities expects Education Settings to Offer" section click here
EHC Plan refused? Right of Appeal
This decision may be of disappointment to you but please be assured that there are a number of ways children can be supported through the resources ordinarily available in schools and this refusal does not prevent you from making further requests for an EHC Needs Assessment in the future should you feel the provision are not meeting your child or young person's needs.
If you are unhappy with the decision of the Local Authority not to undertake an assessment of needs you have the right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Education & Disability).You have two months from the date of this letter to register your appeal and this can be done by obtaining a Notice of Appeal form from the Tribunal directly. Your appeal must arrive with the HM Courts and Tribunal Service no later than the first working day, two months after the date of this letter. HM Courts and Tribunal Service contact details are 1st Floor, Darlington Magistrates’ Court, Parkgate, Darlington, DL1 1RU or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before you register your appeal, you must contact a mediation advisor. The purpose is to consider whether mediation is a means of resolving your disagreement with the Local Authority. This service is independent of the Local Authority and free to access.
The Mediation Service is provided by Collis Mediation Ltd Tel 07715 958290email collismediationltd.com. If having spoken to the mediation advisor you do not wish to consider the use of mediation, you will be issued with a mediation certificate which will enable you to commence your appeal. You have a further month from receipt of the mediation certificate in which to lodge any appeal to the Tribunal.
If you would like independent help, you may wish to get advice and support about SEND and EHCA from Bradford's Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Information and Advice Support Service (SENDIASS Barnardo's). They can be contacted at Barnardo’s, 40-42 Listerhills Science Park, , Bradford, BD7 1HR,telephone (01274) 513300 or email Bradfordsendiass@barnardos.org.uk
Using these services does not prevent you from appealing to the Tribunal in regard to this decision. Please do not hesitate to contact the SEN Officer should you wish to discuss this further.
What is a personal Budget?
If your child has an EHC plan or has been assessed as having a Social Care need then 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 how part of the provision to meet your child's needs is paid.
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.
For further information about Personal Budgets Click here
For information on the SEND Pathfinder-Personal Budgets and examples Click here
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.
The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.
Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.