Coronavirus: EHCP laws temporarily “relaxed” as LAs told to just do their best


The Government yesterday announced temporary amendments to the SEND regulations around legal duties and timescales for Education, Health and Care Plans. They are:


  • A notice from the Secretary of State for Education issued under the Coronavirus Act 2020 to modify section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014 This temporarily relaxes the legal duty on local authorities or health commissioning bodies (CCGs) to secure or arrange the provision set out in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan down to a duty to use ‘reasonable endeavours’.
  • Introduction of The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. This temporarily amends four sets of Regulations that specify legal timescales applying to LAs, CCGs and others, mainly around processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans.
  • The Notice is in force until the end of May, and May be extended. The changes to the regulations will be in force from 1st May to 25th September 2020 and they will be kept under review.


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Written by: Special Needs Jungle