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Education, health and care plans (EHCP)

An education, health and care plan (EHCP) is a legally binding document that:

  • describes all of the special education, health and care needs of the child or young person which relate to their disability

  • sets out all of the extra help and support they will need to overcome barriers to learning

  • identifies meaningful education and other outcomes they would like to achieve as they prepare for adult life.

Most children and young people with additional needs don't need an EHCP. Nurseries, schools and colleges have a duty to put support in place to make sure their pupils with additional needs are learning and developing along with their classmates. They regularly evaluate the support they provide to make sure it's working.

When a child's needs are more complex and can't be met by their nursery, school or college, you can then request an EHC assessment, to see if an EHC Plan is the next step.

1. Requesting an EHC assessment

This is usually done in partnership with your child or young person's educational setting, or if your child does not attend one, you could speak to your GP or health visitor.

2. Deciding whether an EHC assessment is needed

Not everyone meets the criteria for an EHC needs assessment. If we (Hertfordshire County Council) decide not assess, we will let you know why.

3. The EHC assessment

An EHC Plan can only be issued after the statutory process of an EHC assessment that has described all of a child or young person’s needs and concluded that it is necessary for special educational provision to be made under an EHCP.  Professionals such as your child or young person's teachers and/or health practitioners will be involved in providing information for the assessment.

4. Getting the EHCP

EHCPs are co-produced between the parent of the child or young person with SEND and us (Hertfordshire County Council).  An EHCP should be a forward looking document, centred on your child's own future goals, and how they can achieve them.

5. Reviewing the EHCP

You will be offered a review of the EHCP at least once a year to ensure it stays up-to-date and continues to provide the best support your child or young person needs.  There are different types of review, if your child is aged between 0-5 for example, or if there's been a change in your circumstances such as changing schools.


Support for EHCP

Provide impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Free and independent legal information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities.

Free, friendly independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on special educational needs and disabilities.

0300 123 4043 - Hertfordshire County Council customer call centre

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