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Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018

Section 28 - Local authority duty to decide whether to take over governing body plans

82.Section 28 requires a local authority (which is responsible for a child or young person) to decide whether it should take over responsibility for maintaining an IDP in response to a request to do so. The request may be made by a governing body of a school or FEI – for example where the governing body no longer believes that maintaining the plan and delivering the ALP is within its capability – or by a child, a child’s parent or young person - for example where they do not believe the governing body has proven capable of delivering the ALP required by the child or young person. Where the local authority does decide to take over responsibility for the IDP, the IDP is treated as maintained by the authority under section 14. The decision of the local authority not to take over responsibility for an IDP is challengeable by appeal to the Tribunal under section 70.

83.Where the request is from a governing body, the local authority must notify the child, their parent, or the young person, and invite representations. Where the request is from a child, their parent or a young person, the local authority must inform the governing body and invite representations. The local authority must notify the governing body, and the child, their parent, or the young person, of the decision and the reasons for that decision. See sections 84 and 85, in respect of a request by a child, for the requirements to notify and inform a child.

84.Section 29 deals with the circumstances in which the duty in this section does not apply.

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