Education, Health and Care Plan
Information and guidance around the statutory process for Education, Health and Care Plans for children and young people aged 0-25 years.
Who needs a statutory needs assessment and an Education, Health and Care Plan?
Not all children with Special Educational Needs require an EHC Plan. Schools can meet the special educational needs of most children through high quality inclusive teaching and additional SEN support. Sometimes additional support put in place will be formalised in to a non-statutory plan called an Early Help Record and Plan which can be developed in partnership with parents and other agencies from education, health and social care. This can then be monitored, evaluated and reviewed in line with the outcomes set.
The Swindon Good Practice Guide 2014 sets out the graduated approach for meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND.
What is an Education Health and Care Plan?
An EHC Plan is a forward looking aspirational statutory document that captures the long term ambitions of the child or young person (0-25 years) specifies the outcomes as well as the necessary provision to meet their SEND needs. EHC plans should set out how services will be delivered as part of a whole package and explain how best to achieve the outcomes sought across education, health and social care for the child or young person.
A coordinated EHC Assessment brings together professionals from education, health and care to work in partnership with families to listen, understand and plan support to enable their children to achieve the best possible quality of life. One of the aims is to improve information sharing, so that the family does not have to keep repeating their story to different professionals and organisations.
The EHC Plan must be reviewed at least annually. In between annual reviews, you may also have other meetings as part of a multi-agency response. The Annual Review will gather the information discussed at interim meetings to contribute to the EHC Plan and measuring the progress towards the agreed outcomes.
How to Request a Statutory Needs Assessment
If you think your child or young person needs a statutory needs assessment and Education, Health and Care Plan you should in the first instance discuss this with your child’s school or early years setting SENCO, or with the College. The majority of applications for statutory assessment the LA receives are coordinated by the child’s or young person’s school, college or early years setting.
To request a statutory needs assessment for yourself as a young person or for your child as their parent or carer you can:
- Request a statutory needs assessment in writing directly to the Local Authority either in writing or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discuss with the school/college/setting who can coordinate the application and all the relevant evidence
- Discuss with another professional or key worker you work with, they can make a request on your behalf
Universal Banding Descriptors April 2016 to March 2017
More detailed information on the Statutory Needs Assessment, EHC Plan and the on going monitoring of a plan in Swindon.
Applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan
The EHC Plan and Annual Review Short Surveys
We are putting real effort into asking for feedback on our delivery of services and planning ahead for SEND.
We have already gone live with the short surveys for parents and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)- for completion when a draft plan is issued or when an annual review has happened