If the Stage 1 Panel give a ‘Yes to Assess’ decision, then the EHC needs assessment will start. The EHC Needs Assessment stage of the pathway involves collecting views, information and advice which will inform the decision as to whether or not a statutory EHC Plan is required.
Reports will be gathered from key people, including:
- Person with parental responsibility
- Child, Young Person if appropriate
- Education settings
- Educational Psychologist
- Health professionals
- Social care professionals
- Other professionals who are involved
Once requested, the reports have to be returned to ICDS within 6 weeks.
If an EHC needs assessment is agreed, a Case Worker (CW) is allocated, The CW will offer to meet you early in the process to gather your views to feed into the assessment, a crucial part of the process involves enabling the child/young person and their family to tell their story they are also able to support your family with the completion of the ‘All About Me’.
The "All About Me" document sets out the child/young person's strengths and needs; their current levels of support; what is working well and what is not working so well; what is important to them; as well as their hopes and aspirations for the future.