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Risk assessment for EHCP children in Covid-19

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by londonirishfan, May 12, 2020.

  1. londonirishfan

    londonirishfan New commenter

    I was wondering if anyone else has been asked to write risk assessments and outline how the EHCP provision for their EHCP children who are either in school or at home is being provided during Covid-19?
  2. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    are you qualified to assess the risk of covid-19? I would just say no, I m not qualified to do that, personally
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    This looks like two separate questions, possibly three.
    Risk assessment (about everything other than C-19) for children at home: unless you have specific information about abusive parents, in which case you should be following procedures, you can't say much unless you have information.
    C-19 risks for children at home. Less than if they're also coming to school, unless you are aware of risky behaviour that would not happen if they were in school.
    Risk assessment for child in school. For everything other than C-19, any previously standing risk assessment ought to be still valid unless a particular key worker / safe place/ procedure is now not available.
    Any intelligent person should be able to assess whether a child is following the guidelines about physical distancing / handwashing etc. That is all you can do, and if the child is behaving in a way that makes you feel unsafe, you should talk, firstly to management, about how this risk can be managed.
  4. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    Guidance has changed considerably.

    All schools should be risk assessing all vulnerable learners, and in the wide category of 'vulnerable' pupils with EHCPs are pretty close to the top.

    Initial guidance was about where the pupil's were most safe, however the law has also now changed which changes the nature of the risk assessment.

    Local Authorities are requried to use their 'best endeavours' to deliver the outcomes of an EHCP in current cirumstances. Schools are delegated the responsibility of delivering EHCPs, so it is right that we are asked to carry out some risk assessment for pupils.

    Risk Assessment: Should a pupil with an EHCP be in school? The general assumption has now become 'yes', unless one of two criteria are met -

    1. Do they have an underlying health condition which makes them clinically vulnerable? This will be in their EHCP and is a straight comparison with guidance and checks with parents.
    2. Can home deliver the support needed as well or better than schools? If yes, then the 'need' to be in school is reduced.

    Obviously parental choice is a powerful thing, and if a parent of a child with an EHCP wishes to keep their child home that is largely their right, however schools need to still evidence that this process has been followed and how 'best endeavours' are being used to meet the needs stated within the EHCP and this risk assessment needs to be revised monthly.

    Guidance from the govt is that parents are not to be challenged on attendance at the moment, although I suspect different heads have different approaches to how to speak with parents about attendance.

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