Bristol EHCP Crisis Set To Continue For ‘Months’

Bristol EHCP Delay:

The Bristol EHCP Delay is set to continue for ‘months’ according to Jacqui Jensen, Executive Director Adults, Children, Education and public Health at Bristol City Council.

The statutory time frame for the entire EHCP process to be completed is twenty weeks. But, Bristol parents and carers are currently experiencing delays with the process, some reaching as far as fifty weeks without end – not including waits for the Send Tribunal.

During People Scrutiny Commission at City Hall this week, Jensen addressed concerned parents who had spoken during Public Forum, saying the council’s ability to meet statutory compliance would not be met for ‘months’, despite the money agreed at Cabinet earlier in the month.

The draft version of the Bristol Strategy for Children and Young People (0-25) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2019-2022 was up for scrutiny during the meeting.

The accompanying Send Action Plan was not available for Councillors, though Interim Director of Education, Alan Stubbersfield said the plan will be presented at Cabinet on 01 October 2o19.

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