The local authority (LA) will look at the request for a statutory assessment and will tell you within 6 weeks whether they will carry out an assessment. As soon as the LA start looking at the request for a statutory assessment they will write to you and:
LAs have 6 weeks to tell you whether they will carry out a statutory assessment of your child. If LAs take longer than 6 weeks, you should ask the named officer to explain the delay.
If you are not happy with the answer or reason for the delay, you can talk to the local parent partnership service or ask the LA to arrange to sort out the disagreement informally through an independent person.
If you are still not happy, you can complain to the Secretary of State for Education about an unreasonable delay. The Secretary of State can tell the LA to tell you whether they will carry out a statutory assessment. The LA or the parent partnership service will be able to give you details of how to make a complaint about such a delay.
For further information please read 'Special educational needs (SEN): a guide for parents and carers'.