Who can make a request?
You have the right to make a request for an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment if your child or young person has a learning difficulty or disability that's holding them back at nursery, school or college and you think they might benefit from extra help. Your child may need a lot of adult support for most or all of the school day for example. They might need a large amount of advice from specialist services, therapies, special equipment or education access arrangements. Or your child may want to go to a special school where facilities and staff offer specialist support.
Parents of children and young people aged 0 - 24
As a parent of a child or young person with SEND, you can make a request for an EHC assessment on their behalf. This includes children aged between 0 - 5 who may not have started attending any early years setting or school.
Young people aged 16 - 25
Young people aged between 16- 25 can make a request for an EHC assessment themselves. However, if your young person struggles to understand, remember or communicate decisions about the educational support they need, then as their parent or carer you can make the request on their behalf.
Children and young people in custody
Children and young people under 19 in youth custodial establishments also have the right to request an EHC assessment. The child’s parent, the young person or professionals working with them can ask the local authority (LA) to conduct an EHC needs assessment while they are still detained.
Early years settings, schools or colleges
Early years practitioners, school or college staff can also request an EHC assessment on behalf of a child or young person. Ideally this should be done with the knowledge and agreement of the parent of the child or young person and/or the young person.
Carers and professionals
Additionally, foster carers and health and social care professionals can bring a child or young person who has (or may have) SEND to our (Hertfordshire County Council's) attention, particularly if they think an EHC assessment may be necessary. This also should be done ideally with the knowledge and agreement of the parent of the child or young person and/or the young person.