The single route of redress national trial extends the power of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal. This means that as part of a special educational appeal, the SEND tribunal will be able to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.
The Trial’s recent newsletter was both interesting an informative. To illustrate we are informed that: “Since the launch of the national trial on the 3rd April 2018 there have been 829 cases registered under the First-tier Tribunal’s extended powers” – this is certainly a lot more than were expected.
To better understand what the above appeals consist of, case summaries can be found here
Whilst it would be unwise to draw any firm conclusions, it would not be unreasonable to say that the Trial is providing a relatively straight forward way for parents and young people to move towards resolving deficiencies in both health and social care and this alone means that the Trial is adding value.
Anyone who would like more information about the Trial is encourage to contact the national trial help desk by email to: SENDdeliverysupport@mottmac.com or telephone to 0207 651 0308.