Tuesday 26 September 2017

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

For families relocating with children with special educational needs, the Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) is potentially an important document to have drafted.

The EHC plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through normal educational channels.

It has taken the place of the Statement of Special Educational Needs.

The EHC plan identifies educational, health and social needs and sets out the additional support to meet those needs, including how that support will be funded.  It also allows the parents some say in how they would prefer the funding to be allocated.

It is the responsibility of the local authority to carry out an assessment for EHC plan.  It can be requested by parents, teachers or a young person directly if aged between 16 and 25.

Most special education schools will not consider a child unless they have an EHC plan in place.

For families relocating, obtaining an EHC can take a minimum of 20 weeks and usually, in practice, longer than that, though schools and local authorities will usually make interim arrangements.

As ever, it is essential that parents have a clear “paper” record for a child – including an up-to-date diagnosis, any current support programme in place, and references from the current school.