Education, Health and Care Plans

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) are for children and young people with complex and severe special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

What is an EHCP?

An EHCP will replace the statement of SEN. It will also replace the learning difficulties assessment (which applies in most post-16 settings).

An EHCP is a document that says what support a child or young person who has special educational needs should have.

Who will need an EHCP?

Not all children with special educational needs and/or disabilities will need an EHCP.

EHCPs are only for children and young people who need a lot more support than their school or college can usually give them.

What will an EHCP look like?

If your child has an EHCP it will say: 

  • what they need support with
  • what education support they will get to help them to learn
  • what health support they will get
  • what social care support they may need
  • what things they want to do in the future

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This page was last updated on 10 November 2016

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