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Frogandbear Tue 14-Feb-17 14:05:36

Just received an answering message from the LA about DS' EHCP. They want to arrange a meeting for 6 weeks time to discuss what needs to go in his plan. This is great news - happy to go to meeting. HOWEVER, EHCP process is already past week 20 and to wait another 6 weeks to even discuss a first draft seems ridiculous and means that we may not get it finalised until well after Easter.

We need to phone them back to agree to date for meeting. How do I say yes to meeting but explain that the date they are proposing is too far away and this meeting really needs to happen in next two weeks. Won't they just say they don't have any dates available before then?

zzzzz Tue 14-Feb-17 14:21:13

Say it anyway in writing/email. If you know who they want to ask to the meeting just give them a call to see what dates they can do. Do not consider you are overstepping, just consider yourself a facilitator. winkgrinblush

FrayedHem Tue 14-Feb-17 16:35:15

Do you know why it's got so delayed? Will they have enough reports back to have the meeting sooner - has the EP assessed DS yet etc?

vjg13 Tue 14-Feb-17 17:26:20

It took over 40 weeks to obtain a final EHC plan for my daughter when her statement transferred. Seeing some of the postings on here, that is nothing like the record!

youarenotkiddingme Tue 14-Feb-17 17:43:22

I LOVE that zzzzz grin

I think point out statutory timeframes and that meeting should be within next 2 weeks legally.
But be prepared for the fact 6 weeks behind is pretty far ahead in practice compared to most of England!

Frogandbear Wed 15-Feb-17 09:56:10

Thanks everyone. Unfortunately that date is the only date that the educational psychologist is able to attend the meeting. Can't really argue with that can we hmm

zzzzz Wed 15-Feb-17 10:54:52

Dunno, is the EP likely to say things that sport what YOU want?
What's his/Her report like?

Frogandbear Wed 15-Feb-17 11:05:55

ZZZZZ I don't know confused This will be the first time they've seen DS.

zzzzz Wed 15-Feb-17 11:25:35

Have EP observed him and produced a report?shockconfused

Frogandbear Wed 15-Feb-17 11:40:11

Not that I'm aware. As far as we know this is the first time they will have seen DS. They said that an observation will be part of the meeting though.

zzzzz Wed 15-Feb-17 11:51:32

Is he in school already?

Frogandbear Wed 15-Feb-17 13:06:08

zzzzz No, he's 3.8 years and at preschool but will be starting school in September.

youarenotkiddingme Wed 15-Feb-17 16:12:01

This sounds a bit arse about tit! Usually assessment is done, then then decide wether to issue or not and if they issue they produce a draft. The draft is produced using the reports gathered during assessment.

Look at section 9 of SENDCOP.

Megatherium Wed 15-Feb-17 18:50:59

Tell them you want the statutory timescales to be met, and if that means they have to employ an independent educational psychologist, so be it.

FrayedHem Wed 15-Feb-17 20:39:45

What week are you up to now? An EP was made miraculously available after I started quoted the various regs to as many LA SEN staff as I could find emails for. He did refuse to observe or assess DS1 though!

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