What is an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)?

All education settings have a member of staff who leads on supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN). For example, in schools this is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Some children also have involvement from a member of the Education Support Services. You can discuss the EHC process with these members of staff.

Please also see Nottinghamshire's Local Offer which includes information about SEN and the EHC process. www.nottinghamshire.sendlocaloffer.org.uk

The local authority’s Integrated Children’s Disability Service (ICDS), Assessment Team, coordinates the EHC process.

You can email them on icds.duty@nottscc.gov.uk

Or you can ring them on 0115 8041275

What is the EHC process?

Parents and the education setting provide the requested information, and a decision is made by the local authority about whether an EHC needs assessment is necessary. When the EHC needs assessment is completed, the local authority decides whether the recommended support is only available if the child/young person has an EHCP. If that is the case, the local authority issues an EHCP. The way these decisions are made is determined by the Children and Families Act 2014.

What is an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)?

An EHCP is a document which sets out the education, health and social care needs of a child/young person, and the support that is necessary to help them achieve their outcomes. It is a document which is written when it is the only way the child/young person can access this support. For those young people over the age of 18 years this includes specific training and employment such as supported internships. For some young people, who need to remain in formal education or training, the EHCP may remain in place until the age of 25.

Who needs an EHCP?

EHCPs are for children and young people (age 0-25) who have a special educational need or disability that cannot be met by the support that is already available to their education setting.

Most children and young people with special educational needs will have support provided without the need for an EHCP. This is called SEN support.

The purpose of ‘SEN support’ is to help children and young people achieve the outcomes or learning objectives that have been set for them. What is available at SEN support varies depending on how each local authority makes its arrangements to support children and young people with SEN. For more information about what is available in Nottinghamshire at SEN support, please see www.nottinghamshire.sendlocaloffer.org.uk.

In Nottinghamshire, funding to support children and young people with SEN is available without the need for an EHCP. This has been arranged to ensure that the funding system is flexible and children/young people can get the support they need as quickly as possible.

Who can request an EHC needs assessment?

Only parents, young people (aged 16 to 25) and education settings have the specific right to request an EHC needs assessment. However, others may bring the child/young person to the attention of the local authority with the knowledge, and ideally agreement, of the parent/young person. This may be appropriate in specific individual circumstances. As part of multi-agency working, we would expect that, in most situations, professionals have already discussed their concerns with the parent/young person and education setting. However, there may be situations when a professional needs to bring the child/young person to the attention of the LA. In these circumstances, the LA will then contact the parent/young person and education setting for further discussion as to whether an EHC request should be made.

How do I ask for an EHCP?

The process is now managed online and this website leads you through each step. We encourage parents/young people and education settings to make requests together. If you have difficulty accessing the new online EHC request process, you can contact ICDS duty. You can email them on icds.duty@nottscc.gov.uk or you can ring them on 0115 8041275.

Request an EHC needs assessment