Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
What is an EHCP?
An education, health and care plan (EHCP) is for children and young people aged up to 25, who need more support than is available through special educational needs support.
EHC plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs.
Requesting an EHC assessment
You can ask your local authority to carry out an assessment if you think your child needs an EHC plan.
A young person can request an assessment themselves if they’re aged 16 to 25.
A request can also be made by anyone else who thinks an assessment may be necessary, including doctors, health visitors, teachers, parents and family friends.
If they decide to carry out an assessment you may be asked for:
any reports from your child’s school, nursery or childminder
doctors’ assessments of your child
a letter from you about your child’s needs
The local authority will tell you within 16 weeks whether an EHC plan is going to be made for your child.
Central Bedfordshire Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) provides free confidential, impartial and independent information, advice and support to parents and carers, children and young people (aged 0 to 25 years).
Telephone helpline, email support and online referral
Central Bedfordshire Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS):
Telephone: 0300 300 8088 – 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday
If you can't contact the team, please leave a message and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.