What is an Education Heath and Care plan (EHCP)?
What is an EHCP?
An education, health and care plan (EHCP) is a legal document which sets out the education, health and social care needs of a child or young person for whom extra support is needed in the educational setting, beyond that of which they normally provide.
The plan will focus on outcomes (what the child or young person wants to achieve) and what's needed to achieve those outcomes. Families and professionals work together to consider the outcomes they would like to see and how best to meet them.
What does an EHCP include?
An EHCP is broken down into 12 sections of key information, including:
A - The views, interests and aspirations of the child/young person.
B - The child’s or young person’s Special Educational Needs.
C - Health needs related to their SEN or to a disability.
D - Social care needs related to their SEN or to a disability.
E - Planned outcomes for the child or young person.
F - Provision for the needs mentioned in Section B.
G - Any health provision.
H1 - Any social care provision that must be made for a child or young person.
H2 - Any other social care provision related to a child’s SEN or to a disability.
I - The name/type of school or setting.
J - Details of any personal budget.
K - Advice and information from the EHCP assessment.
What should I be checking in my child’s draft EHCP?
Shropshire Information Advice and Support Service (IASS) provide information, advice and support to Shropshire parents and carers of children aged 0 to 25, and young people aged 16 to 25 who have, or may have, special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). They have produced this video to give parents and carers advice on what they would advise parents to check for in their child’s draft EHCP.