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Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans

Assessment and Education Health and Care Plans

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 is very clear in its advice that the majority of children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met within local early years settings, schools or post 16 provision.  

However, if your child is not making sufficient progress despite assessment and provision in place within their educational setting, the Local Authority should consider what further provision may be appropriate, and may require an EHC Needs Assessment to be carried out.  The Council for Disabled Children have produced guidance on good quality EHC Plans.

Who can request an EHC Needs Assessment?

An Education, Health and Care needs assessment can be requested by parents, carers,
teachers or any other professional involved with a child or young person; they can also be
requested by a young person over the age of 16.

How do I request an EHC Needs Assessment?

To request an assessment, please complete the form on the left and return it to the
address provided on the form.

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy by contacting the SAMS by calling 01733 863733/863675 or email

What happens at the EHC Needs Assessment?

During the assessment, information is collected from:

  • the child or young person 
  • the parent
  • the child’s school or early education setting

Information may be collected from:

  • an educational psychologist
  • relevant health professionals (for example the child’s doctor, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, health visitor)
  • children’s social care, education welfare officers and other people that may be appropriate

What happens next?

Following the assessment we may issue a draft Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP),
which is a detailed description of your child’s needs and how these will be met.

Give feedback on the EHCP process

If you have recently been through the Education, Health and Care Planning process we
would like to hear from you. Whether you are a parent/carer, a professional or a young
person, we need to understand how the process was for you and how we could make it

Please complete either:

Parent/Carer and Professionals Survey


Children and Young Person's Survey

If you prefer, you can request a paper copy of the survey to be sent out to you by telephoning the Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service on 01733 863733

The results of the surveys and improvements as a result, will be published on the Local Offer

Transfer to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans

In line with the guidance from Government, there will be a phased approach to move
Children and Young People from Statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments to
Education, Health and Care plans. This is to ensure that good quality Education, Health
and Care plans are produced, and that no child or young person is left without the
support they need. The transfer process must be completed by April 2018.

We have produced a guide with additional information regarding the transfer process
see the “At a Glance Transfer Review” document.

At the end of February 2015, a letter was sent to the parents of all children and young people with Statements providing information and the detailed timetable for transfer to Education, Health and Care plans. A copy of this letter and all the enclosures are available to download below. We have also produced a guide to transferring children and young people with statements to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Complaints and Mediation

If parents or young people are unhappy about certain decisions made by the Local
Authority, they have a right to appeal. This would include the following areas:

  • not carrying out an EHC needs assessment
  • not issuing an EHC plan
  • content of a final or amended EHC plan
  • decision not to amend an EHC plan
  • cease an EHC plan
  • placement named in a Plan

SEND Resources and Training

The SEND Resources and Training page hosts a collection of resources, newsletters and
training opportunities. 

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