What is an Education Health Care (EHC) needs assessment?
An EHC needs assessment is a detailed look at the special educational needs (SEN) of a child or young person and the support he or she may need in order to learn. It is a legal process carried out by the local authority and not the same as the assessments carried out by your child’s teachers or other professionals. An EHC needs assessment can also be called a statutory assessment.
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Education Health Care Plans
An EHC needs assessment might lead to your child receiving an EHC Plan. This is a legal document that describes a child’s or young person’s special educational, health and social care needs.
Find out more about Education Health Care Plans here
Transferring from Statements to EHC Plans
Although the Children and Families Act and the SEN reforms came into place on 1 September 2014, the change from the old system to the new one will happen at different stages up to 2018.
For example, if your child currently has a statement of special educational needs, this will continue until the local authority carries out a transfer review. The Local Authority will write to you to let you know when they are going to do the transfer review for your child or young person. The local authority must complete the process for children with statements by April 1st 2018.
Transferring from Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) to EHC Plans
If your child is in Post 16 education such as the Isle of Wight College and has a Learning Difficulties Assessment (LDA) this will continue. If you believe that your young person may need an Education Health Care Plan, your or your child can request an EHC Needs assessment at any time and if the LA does not agree with your request then this decision can be appealed to the SEND Tribunal. From 1st September 2016 all young people up to the age of 25 who have an LDA and are in further education and training and who need an EHC Plan must have one.
The transfer review timeframe can be found on the local offer here https://www.iwight.com/azservices/documents/2014-Transfer-Review-Timetable-August-2015-3.pdf