What is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

An EHC needs assessment is a detailed look at the special educational needs (SEN) of a child or young person (YP) and the support he or she may need in order to learn.

Local Authorities are responsible for carrying out EHC needs assessments under the Children and Families Act 2014.

The needs assessment brings together information about:

  • What a child/YP can and cannot do
  • The special help they need

It includes information from:

  • You
  • The child/YP
  • The early years’ setting or school
  • Other professionals who work with or support the child/YP

The assessment is to see if you or your child/YP may need an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

An EHCP is a legal document written by the Local Authority. It describes the special educational needs that a child or young person has and the help that they will be given to meet them. It also includes the health and care needs related to education and the   provision that is needed when it relates to the SEN..  You can read more about EHCP’s in our booklets or by visiting Norfolk Local Offer.