3. Assessments

Either you or your child’s nursery or school can ask for an assessment from the council. They will get back to you within 6 weeks to say if they’ll do an assessment.

Children younger than 2

The council can decide how they’ll assess your child if they’re under 2.

They can also refuse to do an assessment. You can’t appeal their decision.

Children 2 or older

The council has to follow certain rules and time limits for assessing your child if they’re 2 or older.

You can appeal if you disagree with the council’s assessment of your child’s needs.

How your child will be assessed

These people will be involved in an assessment:

  • you
  • your child’s school/nursery
  • educational psychologist
  • doctor
  • social services (will only give advice if they know your child)
  • anyone else the council thinks it should ask

You can go to any interview or test that happens during the assessment. You can also suggest other people the council should talk to, eg voluntary organisations or charities.

After an assessment you might get a ‘statement of special educational needs’.

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