Q-PLANS: Defining quality and rights-based Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for disabled young people

Disabled young people will research and produce a quality and rights based framework to benchmark the delivery of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) in Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire. The research will address a gap in evidence concerning quality in decision making for disabled children and young people, and quality in the development of EHCPs which will impact on their live now and in the future.

The project partners are Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry University, Coventry City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) and Zara Todd, disability equality consultant.

The unique and creative Q-Plan project is coproduced in design and will be co-led with 10 disabled young people. The project will involve:

  • young disabled people supporting their peers in becoming disabled people people’s human rights advocates who will become effective in changing the political and policy landscape
  • a focus on creatively considering what the present lives and futures of disabled young people could and should look like
  • disseminating the findings and learning beyond the 2 local authority areas

Potentially 250,000 disabled young people are eligible for EHCPs in England. Particular attention will be paid to communicating the findings to young disabled people, including those with requiring communication support. A minimum of 3000 education / health / care professionals will have access to the coproduced quality and rights based framework.