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What is an education, health and care plan?

Education, health and care plans (EHCPs) have replaced statements of special educational needs. The EHCP 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.

Joint assessment 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.

Children and young people aged from birth to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) may be eligible for an EHCP. 

The Children and Families Act puts families at the centre of the assessment and planning process so that outcomes are co-produced with families or with young people themselves. A helpful guide to the impact of the new legislation has been produced by the government and is available on the gov.uk website.

If you have any queries, please contact Hammersmith & Fulham's Special Educational Needs Service on 020 8753 1021 or via send@lbhf.gov.uk.


Transferring your child to a secondary school? 

If your child has an EHCP and is applying for reception or secondary school, find out more about the change between education stages.


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