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Education, Health & Care Plans

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP)?


Many children and young people will need extra help at some time during their education.  In most cases schools and settings will be able to meet individual needs through SEN support from their own resources and expertise.  Please read our leaflet “Support for Children and Young People in Education”.

educ-coverHowever, some children and young people may need support that is over and above this and may benefit from an Education, Health and Care Plan.  Prior to an EHC plan being produced, an Education, Health and Care needs assessment must take place. To find out more about the Education, Health and Care needs assessment and EHC plans please read our "Education, Health and Care Plans" leaflet.


IndependentsupportwebsiteAn Independent Supporter is available to help families navigate through the EHC needs assessment process.


There are two animated films from Independent Support that explain the EHCP process and the importance of person centered planning.

A template letter to request an Education, Health and Care needs assessment can be found on the Irwin Mitchell solicitor's website (see Template Letters, item 1 Requesting an EHC needs assessment).

Education, Health and Care plans must be reviewed at least every 12 months.  This process is known as the Annual Review.  The Council for Disabled Children has released  this animation on the Annual Review process to help explain the procedure.