An EHC needs assessment may be necessary in order for special educational provision to be made for a child or young person in accordance with their EHC plan. This is likely to be where the special educational provision required to meet the child or young person's needs cannot reasonably be provided from the early years providers, schools or post 16 institutions local offer.
If the decision is to conduct an EHC needs assessment, an allocated EHC coordinator will undertake the assessment in line with the special educational needs and disabilities code of practice.
An EHC needs assessment will determine whether an EHC plan should be issued. The information gathered through this assessment process may indicate ways in which the early years provider, school or post 16 institutions can meet your child needs without an EHC plan.
The following people can request an EHC needs assessment for a child/young person aged between 0–25 years of age:
Children and young people:
Prior to a professional submitting a request they must hold a 'team around the child/ young person' meeting with the parent, child/ young person and other relevant professionals to:
Parent/ young people and family/ friends are encouraged to make a request via their child/ young person's educational setting in order to support the request. However, they can make requests directly in writing to the our Children with Complex Needs Service, Special Education Needs Team.
All EHC needs assessment request must be sent to our Children with Complex Needs Service, Special Education Needs Team, contact details are below.
The decision on whether to conduct an EHC needs assessment will be made at our special educational needs multi agency panel. The panel decision will be based on the information and evidence gathered from the request information. The decision will be made in line with the special educational needs and disabilities code of practice. The decision will be communicated to the parent/ young person and the referrer within 6 weeks of receiving the request.
If the decision is to conduct an EHC needs assessment, an allocated EHC co-ordinator will undertake the assessment in line with the special educational needs and disabilities code of practice.
This page is part of the 'local offer' for children and young people with special educational needs