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Thursday 30 April 2020
The government has announced temporary changes to the law regarding Education Health and Care (EHC) plans during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Minister Ford, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Minister Whately, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care, have written a joint ministerial letter to children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers.
There are two main changes:
Detailed guidance will be published alongside these legal changes and we will share a link to the guidance once it becomes available.
Local authorities’ duties to disabled children under the Children Act 1989 remain in place. These include the duties to assess and arrange provision to support disabled children’s needs while they are under 18, and the needs of their carers.
Jill Hardman, Senior Parent Adviser on Contact’s education helpline, said: “We understand that parents might be worried by a change in the law regarding the support your child receives. But these are temporary measures and we will be closely monitoring the reviews.”
Families needing advice about EHC plans or any aspect of their child’s education, can contact our Freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555.
More information can be found below: