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

An Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) is a legal document which describes your special educational needs, the support you need, and the outcomes you would like to achieve.

By having an EHC plan, everyone who works with you will be aware of your needs and what they can do to support you.

Because it is a legal document, everyone must follow what is in your plan so you should have the best opportunity to do well.

It will help to focus on what you would like to work towards and what you want to achieve in the future.

From year 9, your plan should include a focus on preparing for adulthood, including employment, independent living and participation in society (being active in your local community such as having friends, going out or being part of a local group). This may also include a plan for moving from children’s to adult’s health or social care services.

It is a very important that you read and understand your EHCP and that it contains information that describes you and what your needs are and what you want to do in the future.

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