What education, health and care plans are for
If your child or young person is identified as having or possibly having SEN, an agreed approach to include additional support for them will be put in place from their education setting.
If you have not spoken to your education setting about the support you can receive, we recommend that you talk to them before requesting an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
This means that most children with SEND don’t need an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Information Advice and Support Kent (IASK) have put together information leaflets for parents, to help you to understand EHC needs and assessments and plans, download:
Request an EHC needs assessment
You should ask your education setting to complete an EHC needs assessment on your behalf to determine if an EHC plan would be beneficial. This should only happen after you've already had support put in place by your education setting and are unhappy with the progress despite the support.
Any parent or any young person over the age of 16 can request an EHC needs assessment.