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Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans

Co-ordinated support to help meet the educational, health and care needs of children and young people aged 0-25




Most children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities will have their needs met within their local early years settings, schools or colleges or through services provided through the Local Offer. Some children and young people with more complex needs may require a needs assessment which may lead to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

EHC Plans replaced Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) from September 2014.

The new SEND Guidance booklet. A summary for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

When your child has an EHCP, or is being assessed for one, it can feel quite complicated and confusing. We have created this booklet to help you understand what happens and when. The intention is to provide detailed, accurate and consistent information for families and professionals.

EHC Plans bring together all the support needed to help children and young people aged 0-25 improve their outcomes across education, health and care.  The plans also have a particular focus on developing life skills for adulthood to enable the young person to work and live as independently as possible.

Requests for an EHC Needs Assessment can be made by professionals, parents or young people over the age of 16.  Please contact the Children and Young People Disability Service on 01628 685878 or email if you would like to have a discussion about making a request for an EHC needs assessment. 

The request form for an EHC needs assessment can be found under 'Related Links' to the right of this page together with Guidance Booklet on the process for making a request, RBWM's EHC Plan template and a flowchart of the assessment process.


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Quick links to services and advice and guidance pages: 

Requesting a needs assessment for an EHC Plan 

The request form for an EHC needs assessment can be found under 'Related Links' to the right of this page.


Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans 

Personal Budgets 

Annual Reviews of EHC Plans 

Advice and support for families 

Further information 


SEND Strategy 

You can find it on our Policies page here