Requesting an Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment

You can ask your local authority for an EHC needs assessment if you think your child has special educational needs and may need highly personalised advice and support to access learning at nursery, in school or college delivered through an Education, Health and Care Plan.

You can also work with your child’s nursery, school or college to ask for an assessment to be carried out.

Other practitioners who know your child or work with your child (such as your doctor or health visitor) can also tell the local authority if they think your child may have special educational needs and may require an EHC Needs Assessment.  This should be with your knowledge and agreement.

You may find it useful to look at our Guidance for considering an EHC needs assessment before you make a request for an assessment.

Request forms *UPDATED DECEMBER 2021*

Request forms for an EHC needs assessment should be sent to your local SEND Operations Team. The contact details are below.

  1. EHC Needs Assessment request form – For Early Years settings
  2. EHC Needs Assessment request form – For Primary and Secondary schools
  3. EHC Needs Assessment request form – For Post 16 settings
  4. EHC Needs Assessment request form – For Parents/Carers/young people

Permissions Form *UPDATED DECEMBER 2021*

A permissions form should be sent with all requests for an EHC needs assessment: EHC needs assessment permissions form.

Contact details

Mid Essex (Braintree, Chelmsford, Halstead and Maldon): 0333 013 9949 or

North East Essex (Colchester and Tendring): 0333 013 7667 or

South Essex (Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Wickford): 0333 013 4736 or

West Essex (Epping, Harlow and Uttlesford): 0333 013 9911 or

Read more

The ‘Right support at the right time’ page explains the different levels of support available to children with special educational needs.

The ‘When an EHCP would be considered’ page has information on when it is appropriate to request an assessment.

Next step

For a useful next step, read the ‘EHC Needs Assessment – what happens and when’ page.