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Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) bring together all of the services that currently support families in a more joined-up way.

The EHC Plan provides the same statutory protection as the Statement of Special Educational Needs. It also covers people from birth up to the age of 25 – extending the rights and protections of young people in further education and training.

The EHC Plan has an assessment period of 20 weeks and all information is shared so families and young people won’t have to repeat the same information to different agencies.

It also puts children, families and young people are at the centre of the assessment and planning process.


Requesting an Assessment

The following people have a specific right to request a statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan):

  • The child’s parent
  • A young person over the age of 16 but under the age of 25
  • Children and young people aged 10-18 in youth custodial institutions
  • A person acting on behalf of a school or post-16 institution.

In addition, anyone else can bring a child or young person who has (or may have) SEND to the attention of the local authority. This could include:

  • Foster carers
  • Health and social care professionals
  • Early years practitioners
  • Educational psychologists
  • Youth offending teams, probation services and those responsible for education in custody

Where possible, this should be done with your knowledge and agreement.

Parents, carers and young people over 16 can request an assessment by contacting the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service for an application form, either by phone on 0115 876 4300, by email at or by writing to us at the SEN Service, Building 5, Woolsthorpe Depot, Woolsthorpe Close, Bilborough, Nottingham NG8 3JP.

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