Education, Health and Care Plans

Entitlement for children and young people with Special Educational Needs during Covid 19

There have been recent changes in the law and it is important to highlight that the Coronavirus Act 2020 has temporarily amended (from 1st May 2020 to 25th September 2020) the regulations for the Education, Health and Care plan provision (Section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014). Local Authorities have a ‘reasonable endeavours’ duty to put provision in place. There is also new information regarding deadlines and timeframes for assessments and reviews and for them to be reached ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’.

The government guidelines outline this in more detail.

In addition, IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Education Advice) have a very useful FAQ’s section on their website covering this.

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