Moving in and out of Essex

Moving to Essex

If you are moving to Essex, your child’s EHC plan must be transferred from your ‘old’ local authority to Essex.

You must tell your old authority that you are moving as soon as possible and ask that they arrange for the EHC plan to be transferred to Essex. Please provide them with the date of your move and your new address.

Where there is currently an EHC needs assessment being carried out, your old authority must also transfer all the information and advice received.

Transfer of an EHCP to Essex

It is best to tell the Essex SEND Operations Team in advance that you are going to be moving into the area.

As soon as the EHC plan has been transferred, Essex is responsible for delivering what is in the plan. Essex has six weeks to tell the parent or young person that the EHC plan has been transferred, and to let them know when they are going to review the EHC plan.

School or college

If it is no longer practicable for the child or young person to attend the school or college named in the plan (because it is too far away, for example) then Essex will arrange for them to attend another appropriate school.

Moving out of Essex

Essex will transfer the child’s EHC plan to the new local authority. You must tell the SEND Operations Team that you are moving in advance, so that they can arrange for the EHC plan to be transferred. Please provide them with the date of your move and your new address.

Moving within Essex

If you are moving but staying in Essex, you must tell the SEND Operations Team about the move. They will need the new address so that any information about a young person’s EHC plan is sent to the right address.

Young people may not be entitled to transport if the school named in their EHC plan is no longer the nearest suitable school to the new address.

Health needs and a new CCG

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the group that commissions all the health services for the area where you live.

A move may mean that the child or young person not only changes local authority, but also CCG. The old CCG must notify the new CCG on the day of the move or, where it has not become aware of the move at least 15 working days prior to that move, within 15 working days beginning on the day on which it did become aware.

Where it is not practicable for the new CCG to secure the health provision specified in the EHC plan, the new CCG must, within 15 working days of becoming aware of the change of CCG, request the new local authority to make an EHC needs assessment or review the EHC plan. The new local authority must comply with any request.