INFORMATION, ADVICE & SUPPORT (IASS) The Objective of the SEN (special educational needs) Code of Practice, including that of the SEN 2001 has always been to put the interest of the child first, and to place a duty on the local authority to forward that ambition, to raise the aspiration of the child that despite his or her disability the sky is the limit and to install a “we can” attitude in them, so as to make them want to achieve, want to prosper and to make them believe in themselves. A duty is also imposed on the Local Authority to take practical measures to help them reach that goal at the pace that is applicable and suitable to them with appropriate support and with collaboration with other appropriate relevant agencies, professionals, educational institutes and to engage as much as possible the help and support of the parent without which in most cases it becomes almost impossible to reach an identified outcome. Flavius & Associates is committed to providing parent, children and young people high quality, impartial and accessible information, advice and support that is appropriate to their needs, to maximise their potential and their involvement in the decision making process in order to achieve their desired objective.
Every child deserves a chance of education and the duty is imposed on the local authority to make an “offer”. The offer is intended to let parent, children and young people with special educational needs (children or young people who have a learning difficulty or disability which requires special educational provision to be made for him or her) or for disable children or young people (those who have a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry normal day to day activities) know what help is available for them in order for them to achieve their educational goal.
DISAGREEMENT RESOLUTION: Four elements: parties may go to disagreement arrangement when any of those 4 elements arises: 1. what provision does the school and local authority has in place for the child or young person with SEN(D); 2. if provisions are in place what has the school provide for the child or young person with SEN(D); 3. disagreement that arise around the health and social care element while the local authority (social element) and CCG (clinical commissioning group) are drawing up an EHC plan; and 4. disagreement that arises around the health and social care element of the EHC plan during assessment and reassessments.
MEDIATION Mediation arises following a decision by the local authority: - Not to carry out an EHC needs assessment; - Not to draw up an EHC plan; - Not to amend an EHC plan; or - To cease to maintain an EHC plan.