Education, Health and Care Plans
An education, health and care plan (known as EHCP) is for children and young people 0- 25 who need more support than is available in their place of education.
EHC plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs.
Requesting an EHC needs assessment
Who can apply for an EHC needs assessment?
- You can ask Southwark Council to carry out an assessment if you think your child needs an EHC plan.
- A young person can request an assessment themselves if they’re aged 16 to 25.
- A request can also be made by anyone else who thinks an assessment may be necessary, including doctors, health visitors, social workers and schools.
Can I get help with applying?
You can get help with this from the SIAS team by dropping in to see us, emailing or calling. Click here for more information.
To find out more about what to include and where to send your request click here for more information.
When will I find out if an assessment has been agreed?
The Council will tell you in writing within 6 weeks if the evidence suggests that an EHC assessment is necessary. This decision is made by a group of people called the Panel.
What if the assessment hasn’t been agreed?
In the first instance you can speak with the SEN Team to see if this can be resolved. You can appeal to the Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal) if you are unable to resolve this with the team.
Good to know:
Before you appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal you will need to contact mediation services. You will be told about this in the decision letter you receive from the council.
What happens next if the assessment is agreed?
You and all of the professionals working with your child or young person will be asked to write a report which contributes to the assessment. When all of these reports are collected the panel will decide if it is necessary to make an EHCP. If they decide to go ahead with this you will be invited to a meeting to discuss the plan – this is called a Co-Production Meeting. You will have the opportunity to discuss different types of schools; the support you feel is necessary and personal budgets at this meeting.
How long will this take?
Most assessments in Southwark are completed in 20 weeks from start to finish. Sometimes there are reasons why it can take a little longer this can include summer holidays, missed appointments and family holidays.
What happens if I don’t agree with the finished EHCP?
In the first instance you can speak with the SEN Team to see if this can be resolved. You can appeal to the Tribunal if you are unable to resolve this with the team.
After the EHCP process is completed what happens?
The educational setting will take steps to put in place provision required to help the child/young person, as specified in the EHCP.
The EHCP is reviewed every year.