- What is the National Trial?
- What does this mean for parents and young people?
- When can a parent or young person request recommendations about the health and social care elements of an EHC plan?
- What does this mean for local areas?
- How can a parent or young person request a health or social care recommendation?
- As a parent or young person, do I have to consider mediation as part of the trial?
- How can I get help with this?
What is the National Trial?
The Government is extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a two-year trial. The trial will apply to decisions made or EHC plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018.
To date, you have only been able to appeal the educational aspects of EHC plans. The trial gives you new rights to request recommendations about the health and social care needs and provision specified in EHC plans, in addition to the educational aspects, when making a SEND appeal. This gives you the opportunity to raise all your concerns about an EHC plan in one place.
It is only possible for the Tribunal to consider the health and/or social care aspects of the EHC plan where you are already making an appeal in relation to the education aspects of the EHC plan and the education aspect must remain live throughout the appeal.