Today sees the launch of the SEND national trial – single route of redress. This two year national trial extends the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans. The Tribunal will be able to do this for LA decisions made and EHC plans issued or amended from today, as part of a SEND appeal.
Please see the attached letter from Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Children and Families, and Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care announcing the start of the trial. The letter provides further information on the trial, including a link to the regulations and the support available for parents, young people and commissioners.
Further information is available in the national trial guidance and the toolkit of practical materials as well as through the national trial helpdesk (0207 651 0308). Parents and young people can also contact their local Information, Advice and Support Service with any questions.