Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans

Education, Health and Care – Needs Assessment

An EHC needs assessment is a detailed look at the special educational needs (SEN) of a child or young person and the support he or she may need in order to learn.

Local authorities are responsible for carrying out EHC needs assessments under the Children and Families Act 2014. The needs assessment brings together information about:

  • what your child can and cannot do
  • the special help they may need

It includes information from:

  • you
  • your child
  • the early years’ setting or school
  • other professionals who work with or support your child

The assessment is to see if your child needs an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan).

Please contact the Local Authority Assessment Team on:

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan​

An EHC Plan describes your child’s special educational needs (SEN) and the help they will get to meet them. An EHC plan also includes any health and care provision that is needed. It is a legal document written by the local authority and is used for children and young people with high support needs.

EHC plans replaced Statements of Special Educational Need and Section 139 Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) on 1 September 2014.

“The purpose of an EHC plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.”

The SEND Code of Practice says that EHC plans should:

  • be based on decisions made openly, and with parents, children and young people
  • describe what the child or young person can do
  • be clear, concise, understandable and accessible
  • consider how best to achieve the outcomes for the child or young person. They must take into account the evidence from the EHC needs assessment
  • specify clear outcomes
  • consider alternative ways of providing support if a parent or young person wishes it. This could include having a Personal Budget
  • show how education, health and care provision will be co-ordinated
  • be forward looking – for example, anticipating, planning and commissioning for important transition points in a child or young person’s life
  • describe how informal support as well as formal support from statutory agencies can help in achieving agreed outcomes
  • have a review date

Please click on the image below to watch a video produced by Nottinghamshire County Council regarding EHCP’s.

Transferring from a statement of SEN to an EHC Plan

Nottinghamshire County Council have developed a transfer review schedule to identify which children and young people need to be transferred and when.

The school will:

  • Set a date for the transfer review
  • Collect information about the child or young person
  • Invite relevant people who know the individual
  • Hold the transfer review meeting
  • Complete the transfer review paperwork
  • Submit that to Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council will:

  • Write the draft EHC Plan using the paperwork supplied from the school
  • Send the draft EHC Plan to the parent carers
  • Offer a personal budget or direct payment
  • Consider any amendments to the EHC Plan
  • Issue the final EHC Plan

Click the following link to download a leaflet: Transfer Review Process