SEND Tribunal Reports
Young adults with Special Educational Needs don’t always thrive and achieve their full potential in mainstream colleges once they have completed their secondary aged education. However, due to ever tightening local authority budgets, a mainstream college is all that is offered by Local Authorities. Whilst mainstream colleges sometimes meet the needs of learners with Special Educational Needs, they don’t for everyone and some people require specialist colleges at a significant cost to the local authority.
The SEND Tribunal provides a vehicle through which a person or their representative can appeal against the educational provision named in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. A 2-year national trial began on 3 April 2018 to extend the power of the SEND tribunal. As part of a special educational appeal, the SEND tribunal can make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of a person’s EHC plan.
I can be instructed to complete a mental capacity assessment (which is fundamental to the tribunal process and applies to anyone over the age of 16 who might lack capacity to make decisions about the contents of their EHC plan) and Care assessment. A Care assessment will identify exactly what a person’s care needs are and the type of care required to meet them. My independent social work reports often assist judges and panel members when making decisions about a person’s EHC plan.