What is an EHC needs assessment?

An Education Health and Care needs assessment is used by Local Authorities to assess if your child needs an EHC plan (Education Health and Care Plan).

When is an EHC needs assessment necessary?

The school, early years or post 16 setting can provide help through SEN support. This means that they make additional or different provision to meet the child or young person’s needs. For most children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities this is enough support to help them make progress.

Some children need more intensive and specialist support. If your child does not make progress despite the SEN support an EHC needs assessment might be the next step.

Who can ask for an EHC needs assessment?

  • The early years setting, school or post 16 setting, once this has been discussed with yourself
  • Parents by writing to the Local Authority
  • A young person over the age of 16 but under the age of 25.

Read our full guide on EHC needs assessments

See our EHC needs assessments infographic