Getting Children / Young People Views (for Section A or an appeal)

Section A

The information you need to capture is that which is known to you as the family, information that others wouldn’t necessarily know.  Historic information should be kept brief.  It’s not about a diagnosis or generic information but about the impact it is having on your child or young person’s life and that of your family.  

Remember this is about sharing information that will improve the life and outcomes for your child. It’s not about trying to ‘fix’ or change your child. 

Try not to include second-hand information, e.g. you cannot give you a reliable and accurate picture of what happens at school as that would be sought from a direct source, e.g. class teacher.

Section A of an EHCP is to gain the views, interests and aspirations of the child or young person and their parents. This is to be completed by yourselves as the parent along with your child or young person. Section A of an EHCP gives the child’s story.

This information sheet can also be used to get your child’s views for an appeal for example.

Section A (one page profile):

Please note that these answers are just examples, there is no right or wrong answer.

When completing this section think about:

What is important to your child (or the family if relevant). These are the things that make your life worth living, that make you want to get out of bed in the morning and what leaves you feeling happy and fulfilled and able to be part of your community.

What is important for your child (or the family if relevant). This is what good support looks like that enables the things that are “important to” to happen.

What’s working – think about how this can be continued what’s not working – if/how this can be rectified or reconsidered, i.e. is it even necessary.

What people like about me and what I like about myself:

  • What do friends and family say about you?
  • What do you like about yourself?
  • Try to use positive comments.

You could try asking friends and family what they think.  You could even sent a text message and ask them to reply.

What is important to me:

  • Who is important to me (family, friends, pets etc) you can also explain why they are important.
  • Things that working well at home and school.
  • Thing that I enjoy doing.
  • Is there a particular toy/comforter that you cannot be without.
  • How do people support me.
  • What are my communication needs.
  • Medication.

How best to support me:

  • Give me lots of praise and encouragement
  • How to communicate with me
  • If I get upset I need quiet time to calm down.  

Some useful prompts, only if relevant:

Family relationships: think about the family support you have (or don’t have) and the interactions as a family.

Behaviour: are there any obsessions, triggers? Give a description of what behaviour might look like.

Emotions: what is frightening, what causes upset, what are the dislikes, when is there anger? What are the strategies for effective calming or pacifying techniques? What are the things that make your child happy?

Communication: Are there any communication support systems? How well does your child understand? Are there certain expressions?

Independence: Don’t forget preparation for adulthood begins in early years, so developing independence across all areas should be considered.  Include things like eating, dressing, toileting and washing.

Physical needs: include things like mobility, gross and fine motor skills.

Sensory needs: include any sensitivity issues, how your child becomes overloaded or overwhelmed and any auxiliary aids.

Diagnosis and medical conditions: keep this bit brief, a bit of an overview. Include management of medical conditions, who else is involved?, any therapies, medication, general health concerns  and any allergies.

An aspiration is a hope or ambition of achieving something

Aspirations:

Child/young person’s aspirations:

Give details on what the child’s aspirations are for the future, what would they like to be when they grow up, do they have a career in mind.

Families aspirations for child/young person:

What are your aspirations for your child? Is there something particular you would like to see them doing or achieve?

An appeal:

During an appeal it may be necessary to share your child’s views.  This maybe on which School they would like to attend or where they would like to go to School.

You could ask them to draw a picture or you could have a list of questions to ask them and record it – then write up their answers later.  You could even video or record them talking.

Questions may include:

  • How do you feel about your School at the moment?/How do you feel about your School?
  • Where would you like to attend in the future?
  • Do you have any thoughts about where you would like to attend?
  • What would make you happy at School?
  • What do you like about School/What do you dislike about School?
  • Do you have friends at School?
  • How would you feel about getting into a taxi to get to School?
  • I take you to School at the moment, how would you feel about getting a bus or taxi to School?
  • What would you like to me when you are older?