EHC needs assessment related templates

A McColl made this Freedom of Information request to Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 26 authorities

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Dear Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council,

The Education Health and Care assessment process involves the local authority (SEN department) asking for and securing advice and information from agencies on the child or young person's needs and what provision may be required to meet those needs and outcomes. Paragraph 9.49 of the SEN Code of Practice explains what advice and information must be sought and who from. Agencies must respond within 6 weeks of the request.

1. Please provide a blank request form template or templates used for requesting advice and information from agencies as part of the EHC assessment process.
2. Please provide a copy of service agreements with agencies. If these cannot be disclosed in whole, I would like to see the information on any recommended phrasing for EHCP assessment reports where requested by the local authority: these may include assessments from educational psychology, social care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS etc. This is not an exhaustive list.

Please contact me if you require any clarification.

Yours faithfully,

A McColl

CSG InformationRights^, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Information Rights Officer

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CSG InformationRights^, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your email to this service dated 06/08/218.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we are able to grant access to the records requested and accordingly they are as follows:

1. Please provide a blank request form template or templates used for requesting advice and information from agencies as part of the EHC assessment process.

See attached which are the templates/ requests sent to advice givers currently

2. Please provide a copy of service agreements with agencies. If these cannot be disclosed in whole, I would like to see the information on any recommended phrasing for EHCP assessment reports where requested by the local authority: these may include assessments from educational psychology, social care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS etc. This is not an exhaustive list.

We do not operate on a service agreement basis with other agencies to provide advice for the EHCP process.

Please note:
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Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please contact Elaine Boyes on 0191 433 3851.

Yours sincerely
Information Rights Officer
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Dear CSG InformationRights^,

Thank you for the information you have sent thus far. Please can you send a copy of whatever you send to the educational psychology, social care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS etc to engage them in the EHCP process, if this is a letter then please provide a copy, if this is a form that they complete, then please also provide a blank copy. Please let me know if you require any further information.

Yours sincerely,

A McColl

CSG InformationRights^, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

We have already sent EHCP3 which is the standard letter that we use to seek advice from those mentioned including educational psychology, social care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS etc

Kind regards
Information Rights Officer

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Dear CSG InformationRights^,

In the EHCP3 letter it mentions a memo that is sent before this letter, please could you provide the template of that memo.

There also doesn't appear to be any obvious documentation about a request for a social care assessment in those sent so far. A Social Care assessment is a legal requirement of EHC needs assessment process please could you include that too.

Yours sincerely,

A McColl

CSG InformationRights^, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam
Please see attached the letter/Memo that is issued to Social Care at the Notice 1 stage of a Needs Assessment (for both School Referrals and Parental Requests).
Kind regards
Information Rights Officer

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Nicola Nicholson
Admin Assistant
Legal and Democratic Services
Corporate Services & Governance
Gateshead Council
Regent Street
Gateshead
Tyne & Wear
NE8 1HH
E-Mail: [email address]
Tel: 0191 4332190

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Dear CSG InformationRights^,

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

A McColl