What is an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)?

An Education, Health & Care Plan or EHCP is a document which sets out the education, health and social care needs of a child or young person aged up to 25, and the support that is necessary to help them achieve their outcomes.

Who needs an EHCP?

EHC plans are for children and young people (age 0-25) who have a special educational need or a disability that cannot be met by the support that is already available at their school or college.

Most children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can have their needs met through their local mainstream education setting. If a much higher level of support is required, an EHCP may be needed.

How do I get an EHCP?

An EHC plan can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of an EHC needs assessment. At the end of that process, the Local Authority has to make a decision either to issue or not issue an EHC Plan.

Request an EHC needs assessment