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An Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) is a legal document which describes a child or young person's (aged 0-25 years) special educational needs , the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.

The special educational provision described in an EHC plan must be provided by the child or young person’s local authority. This means an EHC plan can give a child or young person extra educational support. It can also give parents and young people more choice about which school or other setting the child or young person can attend.

An EHC plan can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

For further guidance see links below:

What is an EHC plan and who is it for? An introductory video

Identifying and Assessing Special Eductional Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Requesting an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment

What if the local authority does not agree to assess my child or issue an Educational, Health and Care (EHC) needs asssessment?

Education Health and Care Plan Documents

Wandsworth Information Advice & Support Service