Refusal to Assess

When the local authority has decided that an EHC assessment is not necessary, they must tell you why and include the following information about:

  • your right of appeal
  • independent disagreement resolution and mediation
  • how to get further information, advice or support

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 says

The local authority must give its reasons for this decision where it decides not to proceed. (9.17)


The local authority should also provide feedback collected during the process of considering whether an EHC needs assessment is necessary, including evidence from professionals, which the parent, young person, early years provider, school or post-16 institution may find useful. (9.19)