Referrals for Statutory Assessment can come from a variety of sources:
the school or other educational setting
the Health Authority or Social Services Department
a parent or carer.
A referral from School
The school may decide, despite the support provided through School Action and School Action Plus, that your child fails to make adequate progress. After discussion with you, and with your agreement, a formal request for statutory assessment may be made.
A referral from another agency
Health services and social services departments may draw children to the attention of the local education authority. This is particularly likely with children under five years of age with complex needs.
A referral from a parent or carer
You may also request an assessment if:
despite the support provided by the school your child fails to make adequate progress
your pre-school child has complex needs.
It is a good idea to discuss your concerns with your child's school. However if you still feel it necessary to ask for a statutory assessment, it will be helpful to the Local Education Authority :
if you can clearly explain the reasons for your request
you can provide information on the support and help already in place for your child (your school may give you this information if you ask)
If your child is referred for Statutory Assessment you will have the opportunity at every stage to discuss decisions with the Local Education Authority and to express your views.
You know your child better than anyone else and your opinions are very important.
More Information about the Statutory Assessment process can be found on the Parent Partnership Service web pages.