Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans & assessments (England only)

Some children or young people with more complex educational needs receive support through an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

Getting an EHC plan

On the following pages, we explain what support an EHC plan provides and the process of getting a plan if your child needs one:

What is an EHC plan?

EHC needs assessments - the first step to getting an EHC plan

Getting an EHC draft plan - this happens only if the local authority decides to issue your child a plan

When your child has an EHC plan

If your child has an EHC plan, you might want to know about the following:

Annual reviews - your child's EHC plan will be reviewed once a year

Change in circumstances - when an EHC plan might change or cease

Putting things right

If your child has an EHC plan but you don't think they're getting the support they need, see our information on complaining to the local authority.

See our page Tribunal appeals for when you can appeal a local authority decision, for example if the local authority has refused to assess your child or amend an existing EHC plan.

Information for families in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

If you live in Wales, read our information about the statementing process.

We also support Northern Ireland and Scotland. Give our helpline a call on 0808 808 3555 and we can provide information or signpost you to alternative sources of advice in those nations where appropriate. Find out our local office details in the In your area section.

Call our helpline

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.


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