Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCP)
An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) describes your child's needs (what he or she can and cannot do) and what needs to be done to meet those needs by education, health and social care services.
The majority of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) will have their needs met through universal mainstream provision. Children and young people with the highest level of need will be assessed for an EHCP, which will set out an overview of the child’s needs. The EHCP replaces SEN statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (for older children) and will be for children and young people 0-25 years of age.
An EHCP needs assessment should not be the first step in assessing a child or young person’s special educational needs. It will usually follow on from planning already done with parents and young people with help from an early years provider, school or post-16 institution or other provider.
The EHC Assessment Team receive all requests for EHC Plans and work with parents and carers as children and young people go through the process. The team write the EHC Plans from the advice that comes in from the assessment. They work with schools to review plans and make sure that children's and young people's needs are met with the resources given to nurseries, schools and colleges. They answer questions and queries from settings and parents and carers.