Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

What is an EHCP?

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is a legal document for children or young people up to 25 years of age. It describes the child or young person’s special educational needs, support they require and outcomes they would like to achieve.

In most cases best practice and funding that already exists in a setting can meet the child or young person's needs without an EHCP.

If they have a significant and long-term special educational need or disability that ordinary provision cannot support, a child's setting or parent can request an Education Health Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA).

An EHCNA is the assessment that determines whether an EHCP is granted.