What you can do
Often schools will not need parental consent to take part in the locality processes. This will already be covered by their privacy policies. There is an expectation that the school will inform parent/carers before a child is discussed.
Ask your child’s SENCO or teacher if you have any questions. You should arrange to speak to them after the meeting takes place. This is to find out how it went and what the next steps are.
It is important that parents/carers understand the difference between decisions made by locality meetings and those made by the local authority:
- A locality meeting can only make non-statutory recommendations.
- A decision made by the local authority’s EHC Panel is a statutory decision. If you do not agree with it you can appeal. This must be done within specific time limits.