SEN Assessment & Review Service

Education, Health and Care plans

The Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is a legal document describing a child or young person’s special educational needs, the provision to meet those needs and the suitable educational placement. It replaces statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) and covers education, health and care services from birth to age 25 for those remaining in education.

Who is eligible for an EHC plan?

The EHC plan is for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities and where an assessment of education, health and social care needs has been agreed by a multi-agency group of professionals.  An assessment can be requested from birth to age 25. 

What does an EHC Plan look like?

Every EHC plan is completed by the local authority and is personalised to meet the needs and outcomes for each child or young person. View a copy of an EHC plan.

Who can request an EHC plan?

Requests for an EHC plan can be made by:

  • the child’s parents (or somebody on their behalf)
  • the young person if over the age of 16 (or somebody on their behalf)
  • a person acting on behalf of an early years setting, school or post 16 institution (this should be with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person)

How does the EHC plan work?

We will conduct an assessment of education, health and care needs when we consider that it may be necessary for special education to be made for a child or young person through an EHC plan. This is likely to be when the special education required cannot be reasonably provided within the resources normally available to mainstream early years providers, schools and post 16 institutions.

At the start of the assessment the family will have the opportunity to say what is working, what is not working and what they think needs to change by completing an All About Me form. The assessment  process lasts for 20 weeks. The EHC plan will be clear about the provision to meet the child's or young person's needs and will have agreed timescales to make sure that it is updated and reviewed regularly.  EHC plans will most likely be reviewed annually.

Will this affect the support that I receive?

The EHC assessment and planning process is designed to focus on agreeing individual outcomes and the support to achieve these will be tailored to each child or young person’s range of needs. This could include helping families to make the best use of support available from the services available in the local community or provided by statutory services where applicable.

What if I don’t agree with what has been written in the EHC Plan?

If you disagree with the content of the EHC plan there is a mediation service available which can help settle disputes.  The mediators are not employed by the local authority and are completely independent.