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Risk Assessments

SEND Risk Assessments during the coronavirus outbreak - How do SEND risk assessments work in Kingston and Richmond?
Update 25 June

Ian Dodds, Director of Children's Services and Tonia Michaelides, Executive Locality Director, Richmond and Kingston Clinical Commissioning Groups, sent a letter to parents and carers of children and young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan. It outlines the process that should be followed by schools when conducting risk assessments.  A copy of the letter is available to download below, alongside a copy of the risk assessment template that has been issued to schools to support them in the risk assessment process: 

Letter to parents and carers (opens a pdf)

Risk Assessment template (opens a pdf)


The Department for Education has issued the following guidance on conducting a SEND risk assessment during the coronavirus outbreak.  This is updated on a regular basis:

The risk assessment will determine whether or not the child or young person will be offered a place at school during the current circumstances, and if the place is full or part time

The risk assessment is a consultative process that should include the views of parents and carers and of the child or young person

The risk assessment is reviewed on an ongoing basis, because the circumstances of the child or young person, the family and the school may change

The types of circumstances considered during the risk assessment include:

  • The risk to the child or young person’s health, especially for those with underlying health conditions.
  • The benefit of children and young people maintaining some familiar routine, and of familiar settings and possessions
  • The ability of school staff and other health and care professionals to be able to provide remote support
  • The staffing capacity in school and what this might mean for the setting’s ability to safely meet the child or young person’s needs

Parents and carers may ask to see the risk assessment for their child

The process that education settings are using for SEND risk assessments in Kingston and Richmond is supported by Achieving for Children (AfC), and will vary depending on the setting.  AfC have issued detailed written guidance to all education providers and delivered online workshops for SENCOs to help them in this process.    

If families disagree with the decision made as a result of the risk assessment process they should discuss this with their nursery, school or college.  If, after having done this, they remain unsatisfied with the outcome, they are able to raise the matter with Achieving for Children, who will consider the case at a SEND Panel meeting.  Families should do this either via their EHCP coordinator, or through the SEND Advisory Support helpline.  The support helpline can be reached on 020 8770 6747 or via the referral form here:

SEND Advisory Support (opens a page on this website)

Meeting the needs of deaf children as schools reopen – NDCS guidance

The National Deaf Children’s Society have produced some guidance around the implications for this for deaf children:

Meeting the needs of deaf children as schools reopen (opens a pdf)

The guidance sets out some possible issues and questions for schools to consider, that we hope will be helpful in any risks assessments that are being carried out. The aim is to ensure that any specialist needs of deaf children continue to be met.

We have also produced a blog checklist for parents to support them in any discussions with schools on how their child’s needs will be met as schools re-open.

This guidance has been produced with support from the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) and the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) and is part of our wider information and support to professionals and parents on coronavirus.

Information and support for parents:

Information and support for professionals: