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We can offer support and advice regarding all aspects of an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Frequently asked questions include:  

  • What is an EHCP and how can it help my child?
  • How can I make a parental request for an EHC Needs Assessment?
  • What if school doesn’t agree?
  • How long will it take?
  • What happens if I’m not successful?
  • How do I appeal?
  • What is Mediation?
  • What happens at an Annual Review?

More information on EHCP

EHCP Videos

The following videos from the Council for Disabled Children explain what an EHCP is and who it is for.

What is an EHCP and who is it for?

Video transcript

What is an education health and social care plan and who is it for in 2014 the Children and Families Act became law and introduced a new system of support which is relevant to parents and carers of children in young people H not 25 you have special educational needs or disabilities this means that there is a requirement to produce education health and care plans or eh CPS using person-centered approaches eh CPS replace statements of special educational needs and what were called learning difficulty assessments two of the key messages featuring in the Children & Families Act are that preparation for adulthood starts in early years just as it does for all other children and providers are required to establish and maintain a culture of high expectations so all children and young people can achieve well this means that goal set should be challenging not just for the children and young people but for the education service providers - this requires plans to have a much wider scope than a statement which generally only addressed the needs of an educational nature the plan should forever possible stretch across four themes learning and future employment hope and independence friends relationships and community and health and well-being local authorities must issue a plan for a child or young person whose needs cannot be met from the expected budget in mainstream schools or settings and for those who attend special schools or specialist colleges Annie HCP has 17 sections labeled a to K each section has a different purpose and it is a legally binding document meaning that certain things in it must happen the contents of the e HCP are intended to be creative and a shared challenge for all those involved in order to achieve the best possible results and outcomes for the child or young person in developing a plan local authorities have a duty to take into account section 19 principals and must have regard to the views wishes and feelings of the child young person or parent the importance of their full participation in decisions the importance of their being provided with the necessary information and support to participate and the need to support the child or young person to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes preparing them effectively for adulthood how can you find out more or access local services and support you can find out more about the SE ND reforms and the education health and care planning process by visiting the local offer page on your local authority website here you'll be able to find impartial information advice and support and learn about all the services that are available to you parents who require additional support are referred to their local information advice and support service further information including a useful resource on writing good quality EHC plans can be found at

The EHCP and The Person Centred Connection

Video transcript

What is ‘Person Centred’ planning? Person-centred planning is a term used to describe a process that aims to put parents, children and young people at the centre of planning and decisions that affect them. When children and young people are meaningfully involved with the help or guidance of parents, this can change their attitude, behaviour, enhance their learning and ensure everyone involved are active partners in plans that are all about them. It’s a simple philosophy, but in order to make it all happen it requires the help of professionals trained in this approach and also for families and friends to think differently too. For an EHCP to be person centred it requires everyone involved in the 20 week assessment process to begin by knowing the aspirations (hopes and dreams) of the child or young person. In order for a person centred EHCP to be created, it requires certain questions to be asked and considered during the assessment process, including identifying areas of strength, skills and talents alongside needs. It is essential that sufficient detail is identified in order to fully understand and appreciate exactly what it is that’s meaningful to the person and what good support looks like to make that happen. It is vital that it reflects what’s possible, and not just what is available. The first 2 of these questions are: and.. What support is required to enable a healthy and safe life and a sense of belonging to the community This information can also be used to create a One Page Profile which can be included in Section A or simply be kept with the EHCP. A One Page Profile is literally a sheet of A4 handwritten or produced on the computer with a photo or picture and 3 parts: Another pair of questions that will be used when developing the EHCP include: This establishes what’s going well and probably should therefore, continue and What needs to be reviewed and changed. What are Outcomes? Outcomes are a way of identifying the steps required to take the child or young person forward in their life, towards their aspirations. Although outcomes need to be measurable it is essential they are personalised, relevant and ambitious otherwise they are not person centred. The EHCP should ensure that all the strategies, support and services are clearly specified in the provision Sections of the EHCP; F, G, H1, and H2 and are sufficient to achieve the outcomes. Services and support are only part of what people want and need to live the life they would choose for themselves. Knowing what services you need can only come after planning what sort of life you want. You find out more about the SEND reforms and the Education Health and Care planning process by visiting the local offer page on your local authority website. Here you’ll be able to find impartial information, advice and support and learn about all the services that are available to you. You will also be able to request that an Independent Supporter contacts you to help you understand the process clearly and navigate you through the Education Health and Care planning process. Although an Independent Supporter cannot prepare a plan for you, they can provide a help and guidance support role to help you do this. Further information including a useful resource on how to write good quality EHC Plans can be found at

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