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Some children or young people with more complex educational
needs receive support through an Education, Health and Care (EHC)
An EHC plan is a legal document that describes a child or young
person's special educational, health and social care needs. It
explains the extra help that will be given to meet those needs and
how that help will support the child or young person to achieve
what they want to in their life. The plan is drawn up by the local
authority after an EHC needs assessment.
An EHC plan can be issued to a child or young person between the
ages of 0 and 25 years.
EHC plans are for children and young people whose special
educational needs require more help than would normally be provided
in a mainstream education
setting (a college, school, nursery). Although the plan can
include health or social care needs, your child will not get a plan
if they only have health or social care needs that do not
affect their education.
EHC plans are drawn up by the local authority after an EHC needs
assessment. You, your child's education setting or your child,
if over 16, can ask your local authority to carry our an
assessment. Find out more about EHC needs assessments here.
The plan has 11 sections labelled alphabetically:
A: The views, interests and aspirations of your child.
B: Special educational needs (SEN).
C: Health needs related to SEN.
D: Social care needs related to SEN.
E: Outcomes - how the extra help will benefit your child
F: Special educational provision (support).
G: Health provision.
H: Social care provision.
I: Placement - type and name of school or other institution.
J: Personal budget arrangements.
K: Advice and information - a list of the information gathered
during the EHC needs assessment.
The plan should be written so that everyone can understand it.
It should be clear and detailed about the amount and type of
support your child will get and how the support will help your
The plan must be reviewed at least once a year. This is a chance
for everyone involved in supporting your child to check how well
they are progressing and whether anything needs to be changed. At
the end of the review the local authority may make changes to the
plan, end it or leave it unchanged.
The plan will remain in place until your child leaves education
or the local authority decides that your child no longer needs the
plan to help them in their education. If you move to another local
authority the plan will be transferred.
If you live in Wales, read our information about the
We also support Northern Ireland and Scotland. Give our helpline
a call on 0808 808 3555 for information and advice on any aspect of
raising a disabled child, or call your local contact. Find out our
local office details in the In your area
Any questions about support at school? How to get an EHC plan?
What kind of school is best for my child? Call our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 and talk
to one of our education advisers.