Once an EHCP has been finalised, it becomes a legal document that must be followed. EHCP's should be reviewed at least once every 12 months this is often referred to as the 'annual review'.
Where a child or young person has an EHCP, it must be reviewed at least once a year by the local authority. This is to ensure it stays up-to-date and continues to provide the support the child or young person needs.
This must be done in partnership with the parent and the child or the young person, and must take account of your views, wishes and feelings. The review is a way for you to raise any concerns or suggest changes if you’re not happy with the content of the EHCP.
You might also find this video from the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) helpful:
To help you with the process of an annual review we have created an annual review process checklist to help you understand the process and who's responsibility each section of the process belongs to.
Some frequently asked questions about the annual review:
What will be discussed at the meeting?
Who will attend the review meeting?
- You (and your child)
- A school representative who knows your child
- A representative from the Local Authority
- A Health Service Representative A Local Authority Social Care Representative
- Any other services who alongside your child You can also ask for other relevant individuals to attend.
What is a person centred review?
Helen Sanders Associates have done lots of work on person centred reviews.
What happens after the meeting?
- To maintain the EHC plan without any changes
- To make changes to the EHC plan
- To cease to maintain the EHC plan
Year 9 Annual Review
Further information is available from the Preparing for Adulthood website.
I have had a review but things still aren't working out - what can I do?
Young People aged 19-25
At the age of 19, it not automatic that an EHCP will continue, even though some young people with EHCPs may need longer in education or training to achieve their outcomes and successfully and move on to the next stage of their lives.
The local authority will consider whether they think the EHCP is still required taking in to account the preparing for adulthood outcomes:
- moving into paid employment and higher education
- independent living
- having friends and relationships and being part of their communities
- being as healthy as possible
A plan can remain in place until the end of the academic year in which the young person turns 25 if needed.
For young people with more complex needs who are likely to continue to need specialist support in adult life, services such as children's services, adult social care, housing and health will need to work together to plan and fund a smooth transition.
When a young person’s EHCP is due to come to an end, the local authority should put effective plans in place to coordinate the support they will need from adult services.
Complaining to the local authority
You can ask for a review to be held at anytime, if you feel there has been a significant change that means the plan may need to amended before the next scheduled review. You can do this by either speaking to the SENCO at the school or setting, or by contacting the SEN team at the local authority firstname.lastname@example.org