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, health and social care needs which may lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
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.
An EHC plan will include:
the views, interests and aspirations of the child and their parents or of the young person
special education needs
health needs which relate to their special education needs
social care needs which relate to their special education needs
the outcomes sought for the child or young person
the special educational provision required by the child or young person
any health provision reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities which results in the child or young person having SEN
any social care provision which must be made for a child or young person under 18 resulting from section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970)
any social care provision reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities which results in the child or young person having SEN
placement (name of school / setting attended / to be attended)
personal Budget (including arrangements for direct payments)
advice and Information (copies of all of the information gathered during the assessment)
Who can request an assessment?
the 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
an assessment is needed and then determining that an EHCP is not necessary
The decision and reasons for not issuing an EHCP will be communicated to the child’s parent or the young person within a maximum of sixteen weeks from receiving the initial request. The parents/young person will be informed of their rights to appeal.
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