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Special Educational Needs Service

The Education, Health and Care (EHC) Planning Service coordinates the statutory assessment process for young people with special educational needs and/or disability 0-25 years. The role of the service includes:

  • maintain and review Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • complete the conversion of Statements of SEN to EHC Plans by 31 March 2018
  • undertake EHC Needs Assessments
  • maintain and review EHC Plans

The EHC Planning service aims to raise the achievement of young people with SEN by putting parents and young people at the heart of planning and decision making. The service work in partnership with parents, teachers and other professionals.

This Service provide 'EHCP Coordinators', who are the single point of contact for parents and/or young people during the EHC Needs Assessment process. EHCP Coordinators support the multi-agency approach to undertaking EHC Needs Assessments; and maintain and review EHC Plans, ensuring that parents are treated as equal partners throughout the process.

The EHC Planning Service works with parents to find a suitable school place for children with EHC Plans. The Service ensures that the needs and progress of children with EHC Plans are monitored and reviewed. The Service is also responsible for strategic planning of provision for children with special educational needs and ensure local provision for local children, wherever possible.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Daryle Mathurin
Contact Position
Head of Service
 020 8753 1021

Where to go

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Planning Service
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
145 King Street (3rd Floor)
W6 9XY

Other Details


Age Ranges
0-25 years

Local Offer

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Who is this service available to?

This service is available to young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their families in Hammersmith and Fulham. The service is for children undergoing an education, health and care assessment or who have an education, health and care plan (or statement of SEN), across the 0 – 25 age range.

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age has a learning difficulty if he or she:


  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than most other children/young people of the same age or


  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 provision



A child of under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition above when he/she reaches compulsory school age or would do if special educational provision was not made for him/her.

The four broad categories of need as set out in the SEND Code of Practice (2014) form the basis for decision-making:

  • Speech, language and communication
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional mental health
  • Physical, sensory medical
How do you access this service?

This service provides a phone-line giving general advice and guidance about Education, Health and Care assessments and planning. This service is available to anyone who is interested in the borough’s EHC assessment process.

Parents and children or young people access the EHC Planning Service when either they or a professional who knows the child makes a request for an EHC Needs Assessment.

The Service will allocate a EHCP Coordinator to children and their parents, when an EHC Needs Assessment has been agreed and/or they currently have a EHC Plan.

Children for whom an EHC assessment is likely to be agreed are those for whom:

  • Developmental progress is supported by a range of professionals, including one or more specialists
  • They have a person centered, outcome focused SEN Support Resourced Plan in place to show how agencies including the child’s school have worked together to assess, plan and intervene to support the child’s/ young person’s progress.
  • They are a young people post 14 with learning difficulties and including those who have a preparing for adulthood plan also known as a Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (or Section 139a) Plan

A request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment for a child or young person aged 0-25years and with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be made by:

  • The child’s parent
  • A young person aged 16-25 years
  • A person acting on behalf of a school or post 16 institution
  • Children and young people under 19 in youth custodial establishments have the right to request assessment for an EHC Plan.
How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The EHC Planning Service monitors its performance against national standard Performance Indicators, including the completion of EHC Needs Assessments within 20 weeks.

We monitor transitions each year to ensure they are processed for pupils transferring into primary school or between schools at secondary transfer by 15 February for school children and by 31 March for those transferring to further education.

We have set up a parents’ reference group. The group brings together representatives of local parent support groups to hold focused discussions and give constructive advice and support on the implementation of the Children’s and Families Act. The group make sure that the voice of local parents and children are being heard.

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Transitions to Adulthood - Push to second line (16+)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)

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