This section should detail any health provision reasonably required by your child’s special educational needs (SEN). Provision should be detailed and specific and should normally be quantified, for example, in terms of the type of support and who will provide it (1).
The local authority (LA) and ‘health’ (NHS and CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups)) must jointly consider what provision is required to promote the wellbeing of children with SEN, and what would improve the quality of the special educational provision for them. They must then make joint arrangements to do (commission) this.
Health care provision which ‘educates or trains’, must be placed in section F and not section G. This might include: speech and language therapy and other therapies such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy and services relating to mental health, if they ‘educate or train’.
What might go in section G?
- wheelchair services and community equipment, children’s community nursing, continence services
- palliative and respite care and other provision for children with complex health needs
- other services, such as emergency care provision and habilitation support
- provision for children and young people’s continuing care arrangements (including information on how these join up with the local process for developing EHC plans), and support for young people when moving between healthcare services for children to healthcare services for adults (2)
Information about these must be included in the Local Offer.
Any health care provision in section G of the EHC plan must be agreed by the CCG (or where relevant, NHS England) and any health care provision should be agreed in time to be included in the draft EHC plan sent to you. As part of the joint commissioning arrangements, there must be clear disagreement resolution procedures where there is disagreement on the services to be included in an EHC plan (3).
1 Special Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015, s9.69
2 Special Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015, s4.40/s9.70
3 Special Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015, s9.71