EHCP needs assessment related templates

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Dear Greenwich 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,

Alicia McColl

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Ms McColl,

Freedom of Information request: FOI-19604

Thank you for your request dated 24 September 2018

Your request will be answered by 22 October 2018

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Corporate Services
Directorate of Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5044
 Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

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Dear Ms McColl,

Freedom of Information request: FOI-19604

Thank you for your request dated 24 September 2018

Our response is 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
Note: The bullet points in both NA1 & NA2 letters are not an exhaustive list of professionals and would not be the same for every child. This will depend on the professionals who have been involved in their care or those who they have been referred to during the 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.
Section 43 (2) applied
The council confirm it holds information of this nature, but regards it as exempt from disclosure by virtue of s43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or FOIA (information the disclosure of which would prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it)). The application of this section is subject to the public interest test of whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure. The public interest in maintaining the exemption arises because of the likely prejudice to the ECH assessments process. In all the circumstances, this outweighs the public interest in favour of disclosure.

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.

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Yours sincerely,

Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Corporate Services
Directorate of Central Services
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5044
 Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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