An Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan application is referred to as applying for an EHC Needs Assessment.
This will then determine if an EHC Plan is needed.
An Education, Health and Care assessment can be requested by:
- A child’s parents (or somebody on their behalf)
- The young person if over the age of 16 (or somebody on their behalf)
- A person acting on behalf of an early years setting, school or post 16 institutions (this should be with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person)
Anyone can inform a Local Authority about a child or young person who has (or may have) special educational needs (SEN).
This could include foster carers, health and social care professionals, early years practitioners, youth offending teams, probation services, those responsible for education or a family friend. Where possible this should be done with the knowledge and agreement of parents or the young person where possible.
Every educational setting has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who works closely with parents, teachers, support staff and other agencies to ensure that children and young people with SEN receive appropriate support and high-quality teaching.
The SENCO is usually the first point of contact for parents and young people who have questions about special educational needs and the support available. The SENCO of your child/young person’s educational setting will be able to support you with making a request for an Education, Health and Care needs assessment. To find out who the SENCO is, contact the educational setting directly.
As a parent or carer, or a young person aged 16+ you are able to apply for an EHC Needs Assessment without the support of the school, although this is not recommended, it is possible.
Please refer to the panel on the right to download the application forms.
If you would like support to complete the applications forms contact: Bexley IASS Service