SEND - Education, Health and Care Plans
All requests for statutory assessment in Wolverhampton will be dealt with under The Children and Families Act 2014, subject to informed parental consent.
The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) in partnership with the Department for Education has produced a series of fact sheets, films and posters designed to help children and young people understand some of the key themes of the new SEND reforms.
For more details about Education, Health and Care Plans please view the links and supporting information on this page.
Two new short animation videos have been produced which are aimed at parents to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection.
What is an EHCP and who is it for?
The education and social care plan and the person centred connection:
From 1 September 2014, Statements were replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans. These plans have the same legal status as Statements of SEN and cover the age range 0 to 25. An Education, Health and Care Plan sets out a new way of working for children and young people with more complex special educational needs and disabilities and where an EHC needs assessment has been agreed by a multi-agency panel. As part of an EHC Plan, a child's parent or the young person will have the right to request a Personal Budget to meet an assessed need within an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).
An EHC Plan looks at all the aspirations and needs that a child or young person has within education, health and care. Professionals and the family together through a coordinated single assessment decide what outcomes are required, and through joint working identify what is needed to achieve those outcomes.
EHC Plans must be reviewed at least annually. Reviews should be carried out using person-centred planning principles and must focus on the child or young person's progress towards achieving the outcomes specified in the EHC Plan.
Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review:
The provision set out in the EHC Plan has to be provided. Parents have the right of appeal to a tribunal if they are not happy with the education provision.
Any professional working with a child, young person or family can make a referral to the authority for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment. It is usual for referrals to come from the child/young person's setting, school or educational provider.
A parent/young person (over the age of 16) can make a direct request for an Education, Health and Care Assessment. In Wolverhampton referrals are made through the EHC hub. https://ehchub.wolverhampton.gov.uk/about However, we recommend that they speak to the young person's teacher or Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) first as they will be able to help you. If a parent, young person or a school/college asks the Local Authority to carry out an EHC needs assessment, they must receive a response to their request within 6 weeks. To complete the EHC needs assessment, evidence must be gathered in order to make the appropriate decision.
If the request is refused, the parent/young person must be informed with reasons, and they have the right to appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. A EHC plan should be offered if the child or young person's needs assessment indicates that the needs are greater than a mainstream education setting can support. Parents or the young person should name the setting they wish to attend. It is the Local Authority's duty to ensure the necessary provision is delivered, and the plan should be reviewed at least on an annual basis.
A guidance video, for parents/carers, on how to contribute to a request forassessment using the EHC Hub can be viewed by clicking here.
Every EHC Plan is personalised to meet the needs and outcomes for each child or young person. Our blank template of an EHC Plan [709kb] will give you an idea of what the plan looks like.
There is a requirement for all EHC Plans to be reviewed at least annually. Our EHC Hub Annual Review form will give you an idea of what the annual review looks like.
Here you will find more information and guidance on Education, Health and Care Plans in Wolverhampton.
As well as the support provided by the Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service.