Here at Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham, we have recently launched a new project regarding the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process and we’re keen to hear from parents and carers of children and young people with special needs or disability.
An EHCP is a legal document that helps children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to receive the support they require to develop their full potential in education, health, and social care. Parents, carers, health professionals, and educational professionals collaborate to create a holistic approach that caters to the child’s individual needs. Provisions may include additional support such as specialist equipment, one-to-one tutoring, and social care services. The aim of the EHCP is to ensure that children and young people with SEND have access to the right support to succeed in life.
We want to explore the effectiveness of EHCP plans and hear what’s working well and what isn’t. Your feedback will be used to form a report where we’ll share both best practice and recommendations of how the service needs to improve. And rest assured, any information you share with us will be fully anonymised before being used in the report.
Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham champion the voices of the local community when it comes to health and care services. One of our key roles is to listen to what people have to say about services and use this feedback to not only challenge service providers and commissioners but also make recommendations and provide solutions. In the end, we want the experiences of the local community to influence service design and quality.