One Planning and Education, Health and Care Plan

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An Education Health and Care (EHC) plan is the document which replaces Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulties Assessments (LDAs) for children and young people with special educational needs.

An EHC Plan can, under certain circumstances, continue until the young person is 25 years old. Therefore, it can support them into training, further education and apprenticeships.

If your child already has a statement or LDA, the Local Authority has to meet with the family to review this statement. Essex is required to have had a review of all statements and LDAs by April 2018. To see the most up to date Transfer Plan, click here.

An EHC Plan must be created in a person centred way. This means that the information is written from the perspective of the child and family and it monitors the support provided to achieve the young person’s outcomes. The plan, if you agree, can then be shared with other practitioners so that you only need to tell your ‘story’ once and practitioners do not duplicate assessments and information. In Essex, we call this the One Planning environment. There is guidance and tools to help practitioners and families under the One Planning section, which can be found by clicking here.

There is also an EHCP guidance booklet, which has much more detail on the statutory process, which can be found here.

A parent, SENCO, the young person or a practitioner can contact the Statutory Assessment Service who will explain and advise on the EHC planning process. To request an EHC Needs Assessment, there are request forms that can be used, to download them, please visit Asking for an EHC Needs Assessment Page

Parents/carers and young people can also access additional free support from Independent Support Essex (ISEssex): their Independent Supporters can help to guide you through the EHC planning process.