Education, health and care (EHC) plans

Coronavirus: disruption to services

Advice on how our services will be affected

5. The assessment

The EHC needs assessment will consider the child or young person's needs.
The local authority will ask for advice from:
  • parents and carers
  • child or young person
  • the nursery, school or college
  • specialist teachers
  • medical and health professionals
  • an educational psychologist
  • social care professionals
Everyone has 6 weeks to provide the advice.
The local authority will consider your views, wishes and aspirations. They will also ask advice from other professionals about:
  • education, health and care needs
  • support required to meet these needs

to help achieve the goals and outcomes they have discussed with you.

The EHC Needs Assessment Panel will consider all the information and make a decision about issuing an EHC plan.

A decision to issue an EHC plan will be made if the panel agrees more specialist support is needed.

A decision not to issue an EHC plan will be made if the panel agrees the support can be provided within the resources usually available in a mainstream nursery, school or college.

The decision will be made within 16 weeks of the request being received.

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