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SEND Tribunal: national trial to include health and social care recommendations in EHCP appeals

5 April 2018

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On Tuesday 3rd April, the government launched a national trial that extends the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care parts of Education, Health and Care plans.

At the moment, appeals can only be made to the First-tier Tribunal over the education aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans; this trial will give parents and carers the ability to appeal related health and social care issues via a ‘Single Route of Redress’.

The trial is part of a drive for the Tribunal to take a more holistic view of children and young people’s needs across education, health and social care in line with EHC plans, and provide a person-centred approach to decision making.

It will run for two years alongside an evaluation process that will consider how it’s working, as well as its impact on families, commissioners and costs.

More information is available in this letter from Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Children and Families, and Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care announcing the start of the trial. SEND tribunal national trial joint letter 030418

Or you can contact Amaze, in our role as the SENDIASS service for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex if you need advice about your specific situation.

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