If the request for an EHC Needs Assessment is declined, or the Local Authority do not agree to issue a Plan following an EHC Needs Assessment, the parent/carer or young person will be sent a letter detailing the reasons for making this decision. Parents/carers and young people can get information, advice and support from the Barnet SEND Information, Advice and Support Service. There will always be an opportunity to request a meeting to discuss the decision in more detail.
If a resolution cannot be met, then parents/carers or the young person has a right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Education and Disability). Using Barnet’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service, or discussing concerns with the SEN team does not prevent the right of appeal to the Tribunal if necessary. Before the appeal you must contact a mediation advisor. The purpose is to consider whether mediation is a means to resolving the disagreement. The service is independent and free for you to use, Kids London SEN Mediation Service can be contacted on 0207 359 3635.
Further details will be included in the letter sent to parents/carers or the young person detailing the decision made.