How can you transfer a statement to an EHC plan?

19 February 2015 | By Helen Sanderson

‘Person-centred practices’ are a range of practical person-centred thinking tools, and processes like person-centred reviews that use some of the person-centred thinking tools.

Through our work with Preparing for Adulthood we have been working on a an adaptation of the person-centred review, the Preparing for Adulthood Review, that can be used to transfer a statement or LDA to an EHC plan. It is 80% the same as a person-centred review, so the format will be familiar to most people who have been trained in using person centred reviews. There are four main differences:

1) The working and not working section focuses on the four Preparing for Adulthood outcome areas, as well as anything else that is working or not working from different perspectives.

2) Developing outcomes starts with aspirations.

3) As well as developing clear outcomes, the process includes thinking about provision and targets.

4) There is a process for checking that the outcomes move the young person closer to their aspirations.

The Preparing for Adulthood review will take between an hour and a half to two hours. This is an efficient use of time, if you consider how long individual meetings to share information, check this with the family, resolve any differences etc takes. It also means that information is shared transparently, and the young person and family are full partners in decision-making. The Preparing for Adulthood Review provides time to focus on what will help young people with SEND have better life outcomes and achieve their aspirations.

In summary, the Preparing for Adulthood review, builds on and adds to:

  • What people appreciate about the young person
  • What is important to them
  • What is important for them (good support)
  • What are their needs
  • What is important in the future – their aspirations
  • What is working and not working from different perspectives (around the 4 PFA outcomes)

From a shared understanding of this information, the young person, family, school and professionals then agree person-centred outcomes, decide on provision that can meet these outcomes and develop targets that:

  1. Address the young person’s needs
  2. Reflect what is important to the young person
  3. Change what is not working
  4. Move towards the young person’s aspirations
  5. Have a clear timescale
  6. Have specific targets that are measurable
  7. Identify who is accountable
  8. Prepare the young person for adulthood by making it more likely that they can have paid work, independent living, friends, relationships, be part of their community life, and be as healthy as possible.

We think that the Preparing for Adulthood review will be a way to keep the young person at the centre of the process, generate much of the information needed for the EHC plan, and, crucially, is a way to create person-centred outcomes together.

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