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The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014

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Transfer of EHC plans

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15.—(1) This regulation applies where a child or young person in respect of whom an EHC plan is maintained moves from the area of the local authority which maintains the EHC plan (“the old authority”) into the area of another local authority (“the new authority”).

(2) The old authority shall transfer the EHC plan to the new authority (“the transfer”) on the day of the move or, where it has not become aware of the move at least 15 working days prior to that move, within 15 working days beginning with the day on which it did become aware.

(3) From the date of the transfer—

(a)the EHC plan is to be treated as if it had been made by the new authority on the date on which it was made by the old authority and must be maintained by the new authority; and

(b)where the new authority makes an EHC needs assessment and the old authority has supplied the new authority with advice obtained in pursuance of the previous assessment the new authority must not seek further advice where the person providing that advice, the old authority and the child’s parent or the young person are satisfied that the advice obtained in pursuance of the previous assessment is sufficient for the purpose of the new authority arriving at a satisfactory assessment.

(4) The new authority must, within 6 weeks of the date of the transfer, inform the child’s parent or the young person of the following—

(a)that the EHC plan has been transferred;

(b)whether it proposes to make an EHC needs assessment; and

(c)when it proposes to review the EHC plan in accordance with paragraph (5).

(5) The new authority must review the EHC plan in accordance with section 44 of the Act before the expiry of the later of—

(a)the period of 12 months beginning with the date of making of the EHC plan, or as the case may be, with the previous review, or

(b)the period of 3 months beginning with the date of the transfer.

(6) Where, by virtue of the transfer, the new authority comes under a duty to arrange the child or young person’s attendance at a school or other institution specified in the EHC plan but in the light of the child or young person’s move that attendance is no longer practicable, the new authority must arrange for the child or young person’s attendance at another school or other institution appropriate for him or her until such time as it is possible to amend the EHC plan.

(7) Where, by virtue of the child or young person’s move, another commissioning body becomes the responsible commissioning body for that child or young person, the original responsible commissioning body must notify the new responsible commissioning body of the move on the day of the move or where it has not become aware of the move at least 15 working days prior to that move, within 15 working days beginning on the day on which it did become aware.

(8) Where it is not practicable for that new commissioning body to arrange the health care provision specified in the EHC plan, it must, within 15 working days beginning with the date on which it became aware of the move, request that the new local authority makes an EHC needs assessment or reviews the EHC Plan, and where the new local authority receives such a request it must comply with that request.

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