What is it?

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) is a legal document outlining a child or young person’s special educational needs and the provision required in order to meet these needs.
 
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)

How can I request a plan for my child?

How often is the plan reviewed?

The plan will be reviewed at least every 3 to 6 months if the child is under the age of five and yearly for a child over the age of five, or a young person.
 
The purpose of a review is to monitor progress towards outcomes and aspirations and to ensure that the provision made remains appropriate.

What happens if my child already has a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

Children and young people who have a statement or a Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) will be transferred to the new system gradually. Full details can be found here
 
To ensure that support continues for these children and young people, the legislation relating to statements and LDAs will remain in force during the transition period.

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, EHCP or SEN, 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

You can Read the strategy (PDF 1.57MB) in full.