Education, Health and Care Plans (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 (SEN) support.

EHC Plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs.

Requesting an assessment for an EHCP

If you think your child needs an EHCP, you can request an assessment. The assessment will gather information and:

  • Describe the child or young person's needs
  • Describe what outcomes we all want for your child/young person
  • Explain what support is proposed to achieve these outcomes
  • Outline who can provide that support

The application process asks for information about your child/young person. This includes their strengths, their needs and reasons for applying – including details of services already involved in supporting you and your family. The process from applying for an EHC assessment to sending out a final EHC plan should take 20 weeks at most.

You can complete the request for an EHC assessment or a professional can apply on your behalf with your consent. If you would like support or advice about how to complete the request for an EHC assessment, you can contact Southampton SENDIASS (Special educational needs and disability information advice and support service) on 0300 303 2677.

For lots of useful information about Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), please follow this link to the Southampton SENDIASS website where you can find factsheets that explain EHCPs in more detail.

Early Years Providers should send draft EHC Needs Assessment requests to their allocated Area SENDCo for review before submitting the final request to the SEN Team.

Eligibility for an EHC assessment SHOW

The assessment process and support for parents SHOW

Reviewing EHCP SHOW