Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
In 2014 the previous statements of special educational needs were replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans.
Nationally around 2-3% of children and young people have EHCPs. The Plan identifies needs, provision required to meet identified outcomes. The great majority of children and young people with additional needs in Newham are supported through resources available to Schools without the need for an EHCP. Additional funding is also provided to schools for children and young people with significant needs without the need for an EHCP.
Families and Young People up to age 25 years old can request an Education, Health and Care assessment. If an assessment is agreed as well as the family key professionals/ agencies such as schools, health services, educational psychologists and care professionals provide their assessments of needs to inform a potential EHCP. The timescales for the completion of an assessment are up to 20 weeks and families should be involved in the process throughout.
Requesting an Education, Health and Care Assessment
If you are considering requesting an Education, Health and Care assessment we recommend speaking with your school and their SENCo. Schools can make requests and include all relevant information available to inform the decision to assess.
Parents and young people can request an assessment. In order to avoid delays we ask that the parent and/or young person complete the online EHC Needs Assessment Form and upload available supporting evidence.
The most critical document when requesting an assessment is the “ALL ABOUT ME”. This document, where possible, should be completed by the child or young person and outlines their interests and aspirations for the future, which should form the basis of an EHCP, if issued.