If my child has an Education and Health Care Plan, do Local Authorities still have a legal duty to deliver that provision during the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has temporarily changed the absolute duty to make the provision set out in an EHC plan, to a ‘reasonable endeavours’ duty. This means that during this period, Local Authorities need to do whatever they reasonably can to put provision in place, but if they cannot do so they would not necessarily be breaching the law. Local Authorities are expected to do everything they can to meet provision.

For further information:

IPSEA have a question and answer section on their web page relating to EHC Plans and other education queries.

Special Needs Jungle have also produced an ebook that covers Coronavirus and Special Educational Needs and Disability law


RNIB's Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team remain available to support you with advice and information. Contact them by calling 0303 123 9999 or email them at [email protected].

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