Further action: Assessment and Statementing

If your child receives 'School Action Plus' help for a reasonable time without success, and the school thinks that there is a very serious cause for concern, the SENCO may ask for your consent to contact the local authority for a statutory assessment.

This will only happen if your child's stammer is part of more complex needs that should ideally have been identified at an earlier stage. The majority of children who stammer are unlikely to be statutorily assessed.

This assessment will take several months and will involve information about the child's needs from all the professionals involved, the parents and, if appropriate, the child. If the assessment concludes that your child needs more help, the local authority may produce a Statement of Special Educational Needs. The DCSF has encouraged local authorities to reduce the number of statements as the Inclusion Development Plan (IDP) is extending specialist provision in mainstream settings. If you do receive a statement this will give details of the help your child will be given and where he will receive this help. It could be in his present school, or a specialist class unit or special school place may be offered to meet his needs.

The SEN Code is clear that if your child at any stage appears to have serious difficulties the school can proceed immediately to this statutory assessment. Parents should express their concerns as soon as possible so that support can be put in place. If you need advice about statementing your local Parent Partnership can help. This is an organisation in every local authority area that provides independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs. See When your child has complex needs.

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