Request an education, health and care needs assessment

You can request an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment online.

Parents, carers, schools and young people themselves (if over 16) can all ask for an EHC needs assessment.

You can request an EHC needs assessment online (you can also request an EHC needs assessment by phone, post and email) but the whole process can take up to 20 weeks.

Before you start

Most children with special educational needs don’t need an EHC plan, as most needs can be met through mainstream resources.

To decide if an EHC needs assessment is appropriate we will collect information from you and education, health and social care professionals. The decision whether or not to assess will be based on the information provided.

You and your child are at the centre of this process.

Apply for an EHC needs assessment online

Get help with an EHC needs assessment

Go to your nursery, school or college and see if they can support and advise you.

You can get impartial, confidential and free advice about EHC needs assessments and plans from Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK).