From September 2014, Special Educational Needs assessment was replaced by the Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

What is an Educational, Health and Care needs assessment?

The Education, Health and Care needs assessment is a multi agency assessment for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years. This assessment considers a child or young person’s education, heath and social care needs which may lead to an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan).  See further information about an EHC plan.

Information from a child’s parent, a young person, the educational institution attended, health care professionals, an educational psychologist and where appropriate social care will be requested during this assessment.

How long does it take?

It takes 20 weeks from the point of requesting an assessment.

See flow chart outlining the different stages.

When can I request one?

Schools and other educational places should be able to meet the Special Educational Needs of the majority of children and young people through the resources available to them. They use an assess, plan, do, review approach involving parents and young people. Sometimes a child or young person requires a more intensive level of specialist help and support. In these circumstances consideration should be given to requesting an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

Request an assessment

An Education, Health and Care Needs assessment can be requested by:

  • A child’s parent.
  • A young person over the age of 16 but under the age of 25.
  • An early years setting, a school or a post 16 provider.

Request an assessment

What happens next?

A request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment can result in the council deciding that:

  • From the evidence provided, an assessment is not necessary.
  • An assessment is needed and issuing an Education, Health and Care plan.
  • An assessment is needed and then determining that an Education, Health and Care plan is not necessary.

The decision of not issuing an Educational Health and Care plan, and the reasons for this decision, will be communicated to the child’s parent or the young person within a maximum of sixteen weeks from receiving the initial request. If this decision is made parents/young people will be informed of their rights to appeal.

Complaints procedure

If you're unhappy with any aspect of help or support that has been provided to you, regardless of whether your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Need, you have the right to complain or appeal for any decision that has been made.

Please refer to the complaints procedure to find out about the process.

Further information

Please see our frequently asked questions for more details about the process of transferring from a Statement or Learning Difficulty Assessment to an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2014 - 2018 

This document details our strategy to deliver the SEND reforms effectively and improve outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Read the strategy

SEN Strategy and Development

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