Search for specific information
   

Education, Health and Care Plan Needs Assessments

 

Asking the Local Authority for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment could lead to a child or young person having an EHC Plan. The request form for an EHC needs assessment can be found under 'Related Links'.

To be eligible for an EHC Plan, a child or young person must have special educational needs (SEN), which can not be met by SEN support within their educational setting. If a child or young person (0-25yrs) has shown significant delays or difficulties with their learning, then the Local Authority will consider whether an EHC needs assessment is necessary or whether their needs can be met through the services in the Local Offer.

Once a request for an assessment is received, the Local Authority has to decide whether to carry one out. During that time, the Local Authority will ask the family and professionals for information to help make that decision. If the Local Authority decides not to carry out an assessment, families will be told of that decision within six weeks of receiving a request for an assessment and the reasons for this. The Local Authority will help families to find other ways that the child or young person can be supported in their school or other setting.

If the Local Authority decides to go ahead with a needs assessment this will be carried out by an Assessment Co-ordinator within the Children and Young People Disability Service. The Assessment Co-ordinator will work very closely with the child, young person and their family to gather information on their educational, health and care needs, their aspirations for the future and to work towards developing outcomes in the Plan.  You can view an example of an 'All About Me Profile' which may be used as one tool to help gather some of this information.

Families will also be given information about how they can access impartial information, advice and support from the IAS service for Windsor and Maidenhead

Information is also gathered from all of the professionals involved in supporting the child or young person such as class teachers and educational psychologists and health and social care professionals where appropriate.

Towards the end of the assessment, the Local Authority will consider whether to issue an EHC Plan. If the Local Authority decides that an EHC Plan is not needed, families will be told within 16 weeks of the date the request was received.

If the Local Authority decides an EHC Plan is needed, the Local Authority will draft the Plan drawing on the information gathered from the family and professionals. The Plan will identify the child or young person's needs and desired outcomes and set out all the special provision and support required. The draft Plan is then sent to families for comment and to request a specific school, or other setting they would like their child to attend. Families will have 15 calendar days to comment on the draft Plan. The timescale from the point an assessment is requested to issuing the final EHC Plan is 20 weeks.

EHC Plans are then reviewed in partnership with families and the education setting at least annually to consider progress towards outcomes and next steps.

The attached flowchart sets out the needs assessment process and timescales involved at each stage.

Click on the arrows below to find out more..

 

Who can make a request for an EHC needs assessment? 

The following people can ask make a request for a needs assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan for a child or young person aged between 0 and 25:

  • A child’s parents/carers
  • A young person (over the age of 16 but under the age of 25)
  • A person acting on behalf of a school or post-16 institution (this should ideally be with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person where possible)
  • Any other professional known to the child - this could include, for example, foster carers, health and social care professionals, early years practitioners, youth offending teams or probation services, those responsible for education in custody, school or college staff or a family friend. (These people may bring a child or young person to the attention of the Local Authority. However it is at the discretion of the LA whether to consider an EHC needs assessment in this circumstance.)

How to make a request for a needs assessment 

  • Please see the Guidance Booklet for parents and professionals called Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Plans: A Graduated Response to Special Educational Needs and Disability. This gives information on the process and timescales for making a request for an EHC needs assessment.
  • If appropriate, complete the request form for an EHC needs assessment under 'Related Links' to the right of this page. Please return this to the Children and Young People Disability Service, Zone B, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF or by emailing it to CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk
  • You can contact the Children and Young People Disability Service on 01628 685878 or by emailing: CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk if you would like help or a discussion about how to complete the request form.