Education Plan for Previously Looked After/Adopted Children
The purpose of the Education Plan for previously Looked After Children (LAC)/adopted children (EPPLAC/EPAC) is to encourage positive collaboration and communication between home and school/early year provision, and to raise awareness of the needs and issues faced by children and their parents.
The majority of Previously Looked After Children were neglected and/or suffered trauma in their birth families. It helps schools and other education settings to be aware that previously Looked after children continue to have many of the same needs as Children in Care (CiC).
How can I ask for an EPPLAC/EPAC meeting with my child’s school/early year provision?
The EPPLAC/EPAC can be initiated by either school/early year provision or parents. The EPPLAC /EPAC forms explain how to structure the EPPLAC /EPAC meeting. After the first meeting, parents and school/early year provision set a review date to see how the plans made at the EPPLAC /EPAC meeting are going.
The first EPPLAC /EPAC meeting after the Adoption/Special Guardianship/Child Arrangement Order has been granted will normally be arranged at the last PEP review (when the child is still in Local Authority Care) and will normally be attended by a member of Virtual School Kent.
Who Chairs the EPPLAC /EPAC meeting?
- Early Years Provision – The meeting will be chaired, and minutes taken by the Early Years Advisor who is linked to the setting.
- Schools – Parents and school decide together who will chair the meeting and who else to invite.
Does my child have to have an EPPLAC /EPAC? Their school/early year provision doesn’t know that they are adopted
EPPLAC /EPAC meetings are a useful way to information share, problem solve and set targets for the future. If this is being achieved through other meetings, or you are happy with the support that your child is getting, then there is no need for further meetings. Alternatively, there may be other meetings already arranged that could be used as the EPPLAC /EPAC meeting. In this case, it would be best practice to complete the EPPLAC /EPAC form so that outcomes can then be reviewed in the future.
Parents have emphasised that confidentiality is vital. The EPPLAC /EPAC will only be used:
- If parents choose to identify their children as previously looked after.
- And if parents wish an EPPLAC /EPAC to be implemented.
I’m worried about having an EPPLAC /EPAC because information may be shared unnecessarily – What can I do?
Please discuss your concerns with the Designated Teacher/Nursery Head (VSK or your Adoption Support Worker). Confidentiality regarding where records are kept will be discussed as part of the EPPLAC /EPAC meeting.
Does the school/early years provision have to arrange an EPPLAC /EPAC meeting if I ask them to?
It is not statutory; however current evaluations indicate that it is good practice and that schools/early years provisions value them. The EPPLAC /EPAC draws from the pro-active nature of the CiC Personal Education Plan, to ensure relevant information is available and effective communication routes are established.
My child already has a Provision Plan, Individual Education Plan or a Pastoral Support Programme. Do we still have to have an EPPLAC /EPAC?
This is for you and the school/early years provision to decide in discussion. Parents and schools/early years provisions have found that EPPLAC’s /EPACs provide different information which is valuable in understanding the pupil’s strengths and needs. There is no reason why the EPPLAC /EPAC meeting cannot coincide with the Support Review meetings as information will be relevant for both. By completing the EPPLAC /EPAC forms, schools and parents have additional flexibility to review outcomes outside of the timescales of the other meetings.
Do Virtual School Kent need to be present at the EPPLAC /EPAC Meeting?
After consultation and discussion with the parents, if it is deemed appropriate, VSK will attend EPPLAC /EPAC meetings if possible. VSK are an advisory service for previously looked after children and often parents and schools do not require additional support during the meeting and prefer a phone consultation prior and post the meeting to discuss issues and outcomes.
If you would like to discuss your child’s schooling and issues you may be facing, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org