What is an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment?

An Education, Health & Care Plan or EHCP is a document which sets out the education, health and social care needs of a child or young person aged up to 25, and the support that is necessary to help them achieve their outcomes. For an EHCP to be issued, there must be special educational needs that cannot be met through ordinarily available provision within education settings.

Who needs an EHCP?

EHCPs are for children and young people (age 0-25) who have a special educational need or disability that cannot be met by the support that is already available at their educational setting.

Most children and young people with special educational needs will have their needs met without the need for an EHCP. This is called SEN support.

The purpose of SEN support is to help children and young people to achieve the outcomes or learning objectives that have been set for them.

How do I get an EHCP?

An EHCP will only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of an EHCP needs assessment. At the end of that process, the local authority makes a decision whether to issue an EHCP or not.

Request an EHC needs assessment