Last updated:
22 November 2017

Request an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment

Make a request if you think additional help is needed for children and young people.

An education, health and care (EHC) plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support in school than is normally available through special educational needs support. 

Maintained mainstream schools in West Sussex have access to additional resources and support services to enable them to meet the needs of the learners in their schools.

The educational setting which provides support to you or your child will be contacted for information if you make a request for an EHC assessment. Therefore, it's important you discuss the request with them before submitting it.

You can request we carry out an assessment if you think an EHC plan is needed.

A young person can request an assessment themselves if they’re aged 16-25.

Further information on the EHC needs assessment can be found on Local Offer.

EHC needs assessment checklist

It might be helpful to use our checklist to understand if an EHC needs assessment request is a suitable next step for a child or young person. The checklist will ask you six questions and provide you with an outcome and next steps.

Request an EHC needs assessment

What happens next

We will acknowledge receipt of your request. The Special Educational Needs Assessment Team will then send formal acknowledgement in writing and will also try to phone you.

Within 6 weeks of receiving your request we will advise you as to whether an EHC Assessment will take place.


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