In the extraordinary circumstances that we are all now faced with, the impact of Covid-19 has meant that we are looking at new ways of working to try and ensure we continue to provide the same level of service to our families. The SEND and Inclusion team are taking a precautionary measure in socially distancing ourselves by working away from the office environment. We are all working at the moment and we have access to emails and phones as usual. As more services move to online working styles, we will be creative in our methods of contact with children families and our partner organisations, to keep the Education Health and Care assessment and planning process moving.
Our twice-monthly SEND Panel has moved to online meetings, with key people still in attendance, in order that decisions to assess and issue Plans, or provide an intervention, for children and young people are not delayed. Contributions to assessments and Plans are being collated using secure methods and our SEND and Inclusion Case Officers continue to work hard to meet timescales. We are in contact with our health and social care colleagues by phone, text and email.
Assessments for an EHC plan may look different as it becomes more difficult to do our work face to face. We may need to do more by telephone or video calls where possible. However, there may be occasions when colleagues are unable to provide information within our usual timeframe. There may also be occasions when an educational psychologist is unable to assess due to altered arrangements in school. Therefore, as it is important that all assessments use the very best information about your child, there may be a delay in an assessment being completed but we will keep you informed.
If your child already has an EHC Plan, or is receiving an Inclusion or Aiming High service then a member of the team will be in contact with you to ensure that you and your family are coping in this challenging time. We are working on our Local Offer and Rutland Information Service, to ensure information is on there to help children, young people and parent/carers who will undoubtedly have their children at home when schools are closed, or family members have symptoms and are self-isolating.
Finally we continue to work closely with our education providers during this time to determine next steps for children and young people with EHC Plans.