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Education, Health and Care Plans - information for young people

Some young people who have special educational needs and need more support than their school or college can usually give them, may need an assessment for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

To find out more...

 

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan? 

An EHC Plan is a document that says what support a young person with special educational needs aged 0-25 should have. It looks at your needs and the education, health and social care support needed from different agencies to help you.

Each young person's EHC Plan will look different as it will be written to meet your particular needs. Your EHC plan will include information about you, how you like to communicate, what support you need and what you would like to achieve.

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 you have a Statement or a Learning Difficulty Assessment this can be moved over to an EHC Plan.

 

Can I have an EHC Plan? 

To have an education, health and care needs assessment, you must:

• be under the age of 25

• have special educational needs

• be in school, college or training

• need more support than your school or college can usually provide.

EHC plans can continue until you are 25 but it will stop if you:

  • go to university
  • get a job
  • tell us you no longer want it or
  • if following a review, the Council agrees that the you have achieved the educational goals in the plan and no longer need additional special educational help.

 

How do I ask for an EHC Plan? 

Before you can get an education, health and care plan, you must have an education, health and care needs assessment to see what things you need support with.

If you are aged 16 or over you can speak to the Children and Young People Disability Service if you think you may need an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan. You can call them on 01628 685878 or email CYPDS@achievingforchildren.org.uk.  If you are under 16, your parents can request an assessment for an EHC Plan.   Your school can also do this for you and would usually let you and your parents know if they are doing this on your behalf.

 

What does an assessment involve? 

During the education health and care needs assessment, you will have the chance to say what things you might need support with.

You can have your say about what is put in your education, health and care plan.

You might be asked things like:

• what support you think you need

• whether you think your education, health and care plan will give you the support you need.

 

You can also make decisions about things like:

• the school or college you want to go to

• what you want to do in the future

• whether you want to use a personal budget for some of the support in your education, health and care plan.

 

If you want to, you can ask your parents what they think about what support you need:

• during your education, health and care needs assessment

• in your education, health and care plan.

 

Lots of different people will say what they think you might need support with.

These people might include:

• you

• your parents

• someone from your local council

• a teacher

• a doctor

• someone like a speech and language therapist or an educational psychologist

When they have done this, the people doing the assessment will decide if you need any more support than a school or college can usually give.

If you do need more support than a school or college can usually give, your local council will give you an education, health and care plan.

It will take up to 20 weeks to put an EHC Plan in place for a young person if they need one.

 

Who can support me with getting an Education, Health and Care Plan? 

Young people can call the Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service on 01628 683182 or email IAS@rbwm.gov.uk for advice and support about getting an EHC Plan.

The Information, Advice and Support Service can also tell you how to get in touch with Independent Supporters who also help children and young people and their families who are having an EHC assessment, or moving from their statement of special educational needs or learning difficulty assessment to an EHC plan.

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

  

What you can do if you don't agree with decisions made 

 

Young people can disagree with decisions that are made about about your educational support. This includes:

• what happens during an education, health and care needs assessment

• education support you get in your Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan

• support provided in schools and colleges, including support for young people without an EHC Plan.

If your local authority makes a decision about the educational support you get and you don’t agree with this decision, you can arrange a meeting with someone from the Council and your parents.   The Information, Advice and Support (IAS) service, can support parents and young people in these meetings.

You also have the choice to make an appeal. This means you can ask a special court, called a tribunal, to look at the decision that has been made and see if it is fair. You or your family will get the chance to talk to the tribunal and give your views and opinions.

For children who are under 16 their parents will make an appeal for them, but from the time you have finished the school year in which you turn 16 you can choose to make the appeal yourself.

Both young people and their families will be able to get help from the Information, Advice and Support Service if they want to make an appeal.   You can contact them on 01628 683182 or email IAS@rbwm.gov.uk.

The Mencap Easy Read Guide also has more information about help you can get if you disagree with decisions.  The video below also tells you more about making decisions.