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What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

 

Some children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and need more support than their nursery, school or college can usually give them, may need an assessment for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

You can speak to the Children and Young People Disability Service if you think your child or young person may need an assessment for an EHC Plan. If your child is 16 or over, and has the capacity to do so, they should ask for this assessment themselves.

An EHC Plan is a legal document that states what support a child or young person with special educational needs aged 0-25 should have. It looks at their needs, what they would like to achieve in the future and the education, health and social care support needed from different agencies to do this. The plans are outcome based and have a particular focus on developing life skills for adulthood to enable the young person to work and live as independently as possible.

Each EHC Plan will look different as they are tailored to the individual needs of the child/young person. The Plans are developed in full partnership with the child, young person and their family.

It will take up to 20 weeks to put an EHC Plan in place for a child or young person if they need one. The EHC Plan is then reviewed at least every year with the family and the current educational setting.

Families with an EHC Plan also have the option of having a Personal Budget to buy relevant services within their Plan if they wish. This enables families to have more flexibility and control over the services they receive.

EHC plans continue until a young person goes to university, is in permanent employment, tells us they no longer want it, or if following a review, the Local Authority agrees that the young person has achieved the educational goals in the plan and no longer needs additional special educational help.

This kind of document used to be called a Statement for children and young people at school or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) for young people at college. If your child or young person has a Statement or a Learning Difficulty Assessment this can be moved over to an EHC Plan is appropriate following an assessment of need.

 

Further information

Please see the 'Related Advice' pages to the right of this page for details about how to request a needs assessment for an EHC plan and how to transfer a statement or LDA to an EHC Plan.

You can also contact the Children and Young People Disability Service on 01628 685878 or email CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk

You can also contact the Information, Advice and Support Service for impartial information and advice.