EHC Pathway Redesign Update - Mark Gray (Peopletoo)
Peopletoo have been supporting Gloucestershire County Council to redesign the EHC Pathway to help make it a clear, transparent and positive experience for children and young people and their parents and carers.
We are redesigning the process with 4 clear principles in mind:
- A pathway where children and young people are at the heart of planning, with their voice heard as part of the assessment and planning process
- A relational approach with parents and carers, whereby they are supported end to end and where all have equal opportunity to understand and navigate the process and have their voice heard throughout
- A collaborative approach with schools based on meeting the child / young person’s needs in the most appropriate way - it doesn’t necessarily have to be via an EHCP if we can meet the needs through a My Plan / My Plan +
- A process that is easy to administer, with the minimum number of hand-offs and places where information is stored or created – a “one stop shop” approach which enables an at-a-glance view of a case at any one time, by all key stakeholders with appropriate permissions to view and input as required
We have been working closely with a range of stakeholders including parents and carers to design the new pathway and the processes that fit within it to meet these principles, including being clear about how the EHCP service can meaningfully engage with families, and changing some of the processes and documentation across the assess – plan – review pathway.
We are now in a position to share some of the detail of this, and will be planning some more sessions with Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum. We will keep you informed when these sessions are planned where you can come along and give us some valuable feedback that will further inform our work.