The purpose of these documents is to support local authorities (LAs) to set up processes that facilitate getting good health and social care advice. Health and social care teams need to have this in place to be able to adequately respond and contribute to good quality Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans that meet both the letter and the spirit of the Children and Families Act 2014.
At the core of the Children and Families Act is the coordination and integration of support for children and young people with special educational needs to improve their outcomes. This includes their life outside of school and social inclusion.
These guides are for health teams, social care teams, disabled children’s teams and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) teams, particularly those responsible for EHC needs assessments and planning.