Published: 8 June 2021
Westminster Council outperformed local authorities across England and ranks first place for issuing Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans on time.
Last year, the council processed 100 per cent of all EHC plans within 20 weeks, according to the Department for Education.
Education, Health and Care plans provide tailored support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
The legal document is produced in partnership with families. It outlines a child or young person’s needs and the support to be delivered by education, health and social care services to help them access their education, meet identified outcomes and achieve their potential.
Local authorities should process EHC plan assessments within 20 weeks, but only 58 per cent of all plans are processed on time nationally.
The SEN Service at Westminster Council surpassed the national average and issued 100 per cent within the agreed timeframe in 2020, against 99.2 per cent in 2019.
Cllr Timothy Barnes, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning, said:
I’m proud to work alongside a team who are ambitious and committed to improving the lives of children and young people with SEND in Westminster and it’s great to see the dedicated work being recognised.
The latest figures from the Department for Education on the EHC plans shows that we continue to provide an excellent service for children with SEND in Westminster, which ranks at the very top of what is on offer anywhere in the country.