What education, health and care plans are for
Some children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will be given additional support from their education setting to meet their needs.
If your child or young person has been identified as having, or possibly having SEN, an agreed approach to support them will be put in place. Their education setting will involve you throughout this process.
This means that most children with SEND don’t need an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Before you request a needs assessment
Talk to your child or young person's education setting
Your child or young person's school is best placed to request an EHC needs assessment as they are required to provide evidence to support it. If they are attending an early years setting you should speak with your child's key person to discuss what support is needed.
You should speak to the school's SENCO about any concerns around their progress or support they are currently receiving. They will be able to discuss with you what additional support is available and advise the best next steps.
If you need additional confidential and impartial information, advice and support, you can contact Information, Advice and Support Kent.
Find out what support your education setting should be providing
How can an EHC plan help
An EHC plan may be needed if:
- your child or young person's needs cannot be met through the support they are currently getting in their mainstream educational setting. Your education setting has done everything they can and your child or young person requires additional support.
- despite the support provided, your child or young person isn't making progress in their learning or development, or when the progress they are making is due to significant levels of support.
Request an EHC needs assessment
If you have spoken to your child or young person's education setting about your concerns and despite the support provided, your child or young person isn't making progress in their learning or development, or when the progress they are making is due to significant levels of support, an EHC needs assessment can be requested.
Any parent or any young person over the age of 16 can request an EHC needs assessment.
If you need additional advice and support whilst completing your request, you can contact Information, Advice and Support Kent.