This page explains the routes and options available if you are unhappy with a decision made by Bexley council about your child’s special educational needs and/or disability.
Bexley Council is committed to involving you closely in the process of assessing your child or young person’s needs and, if appropriate, through the development and agreement of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
Parents, carers, children and young people are able to ask questions and raise any concerns that they may have at any point in the process.
If you disagree with a decision about an assessment for an EHC Plan or the contents of the EHC Plan itself, there are a number of ways in which these could be resolved.
Wherever possible, the Council - and its health partners - will try and resolve issues or areas of disagreement. This will be done by meeting and talking with those involved in supporting children and young people with special education needs and disabilities.
The provision of mediation and disagreement resolution is a statutory requirement for local authorities. It offers an alternative to a tribunal hearing and is quicker and less formal. Mediation enables people to communicate better with each other, and it can help re-build relationships that have broken down.
Local authorities mostly base their decisions on written information provided to them by parents, the child or young person, the education provider and/or other agencies. As they do not always have the opportunity to meet the child, a face-to-face mediation meeting helps “bring the child / young person out of the file”.
SEND National Trial
The Government are 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 and will run until August 2020, when a decision will be made on its continuation.
For more information, please look through the documents and links below, including more information on the SEND National Trial.