Dear Northumberland County 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

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 4657  

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information which will be dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this matter please contact us. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 4657   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to the
Education Health and Care assessment process.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.

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. 
Services are expected to follow the national guidelines for their
respective professional bodies re content of EHCP's eg the EP service
follows the guidance available from The British Psychological
Service [1]https://www1.bps.org.uk/system/files/use...
Guidance documents, information and forms can be found using the following
link:
[2]http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Childre...
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. 
There are no service agreements with agencies
Complaints

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of this response to the Information Governance Office:

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

Information Commissioner

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information Commissioner
for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 745
Email: [email address]

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator -
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

If you don't have templates what do you send to the Ed Psychs, S&LTS etc to engage them in the EHC needs assessment...you must send something or they wouldn't know. And how do you request the social case assessment?

Yours faithfully,

A McColl

foi children, Northumberland County Council

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Dear Requester
In reply to your query regarding the templates used, please find attached
a letter which was introduced this month (September 2018), this is the
only correspondence we use,
Regards
Freedom of Information Officer

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Thank you

A McColl

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