DD's school won't support applying for an ECHP for her but virtual head as said I should apply directly to the LA for one and if I complete the forms myself, it will be easier to get their sign up. Our consultant has diagnosed FAS, ADHD, PTSD, ODD, GAD and SAD and has said she needs someone to act as her executive brain most likely forever and that she needs a EHCP asap so we are happy the LA department will approve one.
I've had a look through the guidance but I wondered if any of you had examples of outcomes and provisions I could look at to get an idea of what to say.
thanks in advance
Mum to 2 teenagers - DS, Thistle (16) and DD, Chanter (15)
LO's school wouldn't support an application we made approx. 2 years ago requesting an assessment for a statement. My feeling (have no proof) is that the LA didn't even look at it as it didn't come with a recommendation from school. Our most recent application, which was approved, was submitted with 15 pages of evidence from the school. My understanding is that the school have to show what interventions they have tried and for what period and then set out what worked and what didn't - and why. Might be different now as this was a while ago and now EHCP and not statement.
I have no experience of EHCP applications at secondary level, but I am involved with primary applications. I have to say it seems to be harder to apply without school support; as they look at the amount of support the school has put in place already. We had a child in foster care where the LEA applied for Statement. It was turned down because the school hadn't provided 15 hours support out of our budget, though the child received quite a lot of support. Since you have so much evidence of her needs and professionals are supporting you it is definitely worth a try though. Have you tried Parent partnership ( now called SEND IAS)for some advice and support.I am told they can be very helpful. They would go into school and discuss things with school. Would Post adoption be able to support you in an application. I would definitely try.
It is utterly ridiculous that school will not support an application. I agree that you need professional advocacy to help school to see sense. Perhaps your consultant could write to school and yes perhaps post adoption can help - in our area someone from Virtual School works 1 day/week for post adoption and this can her very useful when schools are behaving in ignorance. With all those diagnoses and the consultant's advice you definitely need an EHCP.
Mum to DS, Jealous Dog (13) and DS, Monkey Boy (11), married to Rundad