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Educational Health Care Needs Assessments and Plans (EHCP)

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What is an EHC plan?
The purpose of an EHC Plan (Education Health and Care Plan) is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.


Who needs an EHC Plan?

EHC Plans are for children and young people aged from 0 to 25 (up to the day before their 26th birthday), who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities that cannot be met by the support that is usually available at a mainstream school or college.

Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs will be provided with the support they need without the need for an EHC Plan. This is called SEN Support. The purpose of SEN Support is to help children achieve the outcomes or learning objectives that have been set for them.

Refusal to assess: Please see Challenges and Disputes page 

Video: What is an EHCP and who is it for?

Video: The EHCP and The Person Centred connection

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