Education health and care plans

Children and young people with the highest level of assessed need may be eligible for a new type of statutory assessment which takes into account the child or young person's special educational need, together with any health or social care needs that they may have. This is called an 'Education, Health and Care Plan' or EHC Plan for short.

EHC Plans are integrated support plans for children and young people with complex special educational needs and physical disabilities.

They are focused on:

  • Achieving positive outcomes for health, education and care.
  • Helping families support their children and young people into school, through school and preparing for adulthood.

The EHC Plan will be prepared in partnership with the child or young person, parents, carers and relevant professionals working across education, health and social care specialist services.

EHC Plans:

  • Will replace the current 'Statement of Special Educational Needs' or the 'Learning Difficulty Assessment' which children and young people have now.
  • Can continue until a young person is 25 years of age, but for most young people the plan will finish earlier than that, because the EHC Plan becomes irrelevant once the young person leaves school or college.
  • Can be requested if the child or young person is in a mainstream setting and their needs require a high level of support to enable them to access the curriculum.
  • Will be required for all children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who are placed in special school settings

 

 

Council for disabled children: Education, Health and Care plans

This fact sheet is written for parents to give them an overview of Education, Health and Care Plans. Amongst other things, it covers what a EHC plan looks like, what it contains and what to do when your child has a plan.

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