Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

A small number of children may require an Education, Health and Care Plan to enable their needs to be met.

 

Definition

An EHCP details the education, health and social care support that is to be provided to a child or young person who has SEN or a disability. It is drawn up by the local authority after an EHC needs assessment of the child or young person has determined that an EHCP is necessary, and after consultation with relevant partner agencies.

 

Who needs an EHCP?

A child or young person (up to the age of 25 years) who:

a)has severe or complex long term needs that affect their everyday life;

b)requires provision and resources that are not normally available within a mainstream education setting;

c)requires intensive help and support from more than one agency; and

d)despite relevant and purposeful levels of support being provided within school, they are making limited or no progress

Parents/carers are able to request an EHCP assessment for their child, from the local authority, or the school can make a request, with permission from  a legal guardian.

 

EHCP Reviews

EHCPs are reviewed annually following person-centred principles.  Reviews are attended by parents, relevant professionals and the child themselves.    This is an opportunity to review a child’s provision and progress towards their targets.

If your child has an EHC Plan and you are not sure when their review is due, please contact our SENDCo.  You are welcome to request an earlier review if you feel this is necessary.

 

Further information

For more information on Birmingham’s EHCP process please see ‘important links’.