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EHCP law change extended again in England

Monday 29th June 2020

Today, the Department for Education have announced that they intend to extend the temporary change in the law for Education Health and Care Plans in England until end of 31st July 2020.

The government first implemented temporary changes to the law regarding Education Health and Care (EHC) plans during the Coronavirus pandemic on the 1st May.  

The changes means education and health support set out for a child with special educational needs (SEN) in an EHC plan, may be different for an extended period of time.

Local authorities and health providers will have to use "reasonable endeavours" to secure this support. This means that they do not have to do exactly what is detailed in the EHC plan if this is not possible during the Coronavirus outbreak. However they should try other ways of providing the support. For example, your child may be offered help virtually over the phone or online rather than face to face.

Really disappointed

Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact, said: "We are really disappointed that the government has chosen to again extend the temporary law change for EHC plans until 31 July 2020. That coupled with news yesterday that parents could be fined for not sending their children to school in September will be a huge concern to the families we support.

"It can't be right that children with special educational needs are being encouraged to return to school without the support in their EHCP, that enables them to access learning.

"We recognise that this is a difficult time for all parties, but we cannot have a situation where disabled children are further disadvantaged at this time. This extension must not happen again, we urge the government to have the full EHCP support back in place from 31 July to give families the confidence they desperately need to get their children ready for the start of the new school year in September."