How we help Get support Education, Health and Care plans Appealing to the SEND Tribunal Refusal to assess appeals Refusal to assess appeals IPSEA is frequently contacted about local authorities (“LAs”) refusing to carry out EHC needs assessments. These are the most common type of appeal. We have created a refusal to assess pack which gives a detailed guide to preparing for and carrying out a refusal to assess appeal. This type of appeal is considered ‘on the papers’, meaning there is not a hearing which the parties need to attend. You just need to send in all of your evidence and explain your arguments in writing. If you would like a hearing you can still make a request for this in writing, explaining your reasons for wanting the hearing, and this will be considered by a Registrar or Judge. Refusal to assess pack If you can’t find the answer to your question, you can book an appointment to speak with us.