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Education, Health & Care plans

What is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)?


An Education, Health and Care plan (“EHC plan”) is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.

The special educational provision described in an EHC plan must be provided by the child or young person’s local authority (“LA”). This means an EHC plan can give a child or young person extra educational support. It can also give parents and young people more choice about which school or other setting the child or young person can attend.

An EHC plan can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

Click on the headings below to IPSEA for more information on how to ask for an EHC plan, how to change an existing EHC plan, and how to challenge a decision by the LA which you disagree with.


EHC Needs Assessments

What an EHC Plan Contains

Changing an EHC Plan

If the LA takes away your EHC Plan

Further helpful information can be also be found on Ace Education

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