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What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

The Children and Families Act puts children and young people at the centre of the assessment and planning process so that outcomes are co-produced with parents/carers and/or with young people themselves; 16 to 25 year olds should be especially involved with this.

Education, health and care (EHC) plans are replacing statements of special educational needs. The EHC plan looks at all your child's needs and brings together education, health and care services to achieve agreed outcomes. The focus is very much on what is important for children and young people – what they and you want to achieve now and in the future.

Children and young people aged from birth to 25 with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability may be eligible for an EHC Plan.

For an introduction to the Education, Health and Care Plan and how it may help your family, have a look at this video from the Council for Disabled Children

Education, Health and Care Plans are Person-Centred

The EHC plan puts children, young people and families at the centre of the assessment and planning process. This is called "person-centred planning". Sixteen to 25 year olds should be especially involved in the planning.

The video below from the Council for Disabled Children explains what we mean by putting the young person and their family at the centre of the plan:

The Education, Health and Care Plan Means Joined-Up Care

The Local Authority is responsible for making sure services across the three areas (Education, Health and Social Care) are brought together and that the plan is co-ordinated between those services and the family.

Joint assessments will help parents and young people to ‘tell their story’ only once and will focus on the outcomes that children and young people can achieve as well as identifying the support needed to do this.

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