Starting on 3rd April 2018, the SEND Tribunal will have some new powers.
You have new rights to challenge the health and social care needs and provision specified in Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. Previously, you could only appeal the educational sections on EHC Plans (sections B, F and I). You can now raise additional health and social care concerns about an EHC plan. This is called a Single Route of Redress. It is being trialled for two years.
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 or amended from 3rd 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.
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