Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan

Council for Disabled Children videos about EHC Plans, Person-centred Planning and Annual Reviews.

Divisional Manager Inclusion 0-25SEND Assessment Team – Contact us

SEND Assessment Team email is SENAT@halton.gov.uk
Team contact details listed below:

Adrian Leach Divisional Manager Inclusion 0-25 adrian.leach@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 6291
Eileen Picton Assessment Co-ordinator eileen.picton@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 7461
Chris Harrison Assessment Co-ordinator chris.harrison@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 7305
Mark Baker Assessment Co-ordinator mark.baker@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 6739
Catherine McCudden Assessment Co-ordinator catherine.mccudden@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 8419
Philip Ball Assessment Co-ordinator philip.ball@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 7117
Susan Paine Assessment Co-ordinator susan.paineneeJones@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 7191
Roanne Evans Assessment Co-ordinator roanne.evans@halton.gov.uk 0151 511 7898
What is an EHC Plan?

Useful video clips

It is a person-centred plan that puts you (children, young people and families) at the centre of the assessment and planning process making sure your views are heard and understood to increase your choice and control

All Halton children and young people who have significant special educational needs and meet specific criteria within a graduated response, may undergo an Education Health and Care (EHC) Assessment, which could lead to an EHC Plan.

The EHC Plan is a personalised to meet the needs and outcomes for each child or young person, what they want to achieve now and the future and focused on what is important for each child or young person

The EHC Plan will ...
  • be clear about how much things cost, have agreed timescales to make sure that it is updated and reviewed annually by the school/setting 
  • transfer if still appropriate with your child or the young person if they change services, schools or leave school to go to college, work-related training or an apprenticeship
  • cease when the education or training outcomes detailed in the Education, Health and Care Plan have been achieved
  • not put children and young people at a disadvantage, it will meet the statutory obligations required under current legislation, including a right of appeal
Who is it for?

It is for children and young people who have complex and severe special educational needs and disabilities and where an assessment of education, health and social care needs has been agreed by the professionals involved with child/young person. It is available from birth to age 25.

Guidance says EHC plan should be issued when the local authority considers the special educational needs of the child cannot be reasonably provided by a mainstream early years provider, school and/or post 16 institution

How to apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan assessment?

To make a request for an EHC assessment, the school/setting, parent/carer and young person should work together to submit an application using the forms in the boxes below.

Parents and carers also have the right to apply directly  – you can make a request however you wish. 

You can use the application form and supporting documents that you will find on the link here for the EHC Plan and Review Documents page.  Using these forms to submit your request help our officers to handle  all of the information efficiently.

If you have any queries, please contact the Assessment Team by email senat@halton.gov.uk​

Statutory Assessment Request Forms (Application)


EHC Plan Assessment Flowchart-Timetable

The EHC Plan Flowchart outlines the process over the 20-week timescale

Assessment Process Explained

An Assessment Co-ordinator will work together with you and your child or the young person and the other people involved:

  • to say what’s working, what’s not and what you think needs to change
  • gather information from the other people involved
  • arrange a meeting for you all to agree the outcomes and how you think they can best be met
  • to make the right decisions for you as a family

The whole process takes a maximum of 20 weeks during this period all the people involved will meet to decide what support you might be eligible for which will help meet the agreed outcomes

EHC Plan Exemplar and Checklist
Making Decisions?

This Council for Disabled Children have produced a Decision Making Toolkit

which can be used by social workers, health professionals, school,college staff, parents/carers, families and anyone working directly with children and young people to support them to make their own decisions and to participate as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf.

The toolkit includes a Best Interests Checklist for assisting this process when supporting a young person that lacks capacity (Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice).

Planning Live

This was a 2-day workshop which the local authority hosted to allow several young people, their families and the different multi-agency professionals involved in the process to come together and review the EHC Plans.  The Video Clip below was produced from the day by the young people involved


Personal Budgets

Wheelchair Personal Budget

Education Personal Budget

Making it Personal Video Clip

Short Breaks Guide

Continuing Healthcare – Health Personal Budget

Personal Health Budget video 


Young People in Custody
SEND Privacy Notice

Halton Borough Council Services for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) collect and hold information about you in order to carry out its duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to statutory assessment processes and the ongoing monitoring of children and young people who have education, health and care plans.

For further information please see the SEND Privacy Notice

Ministerial Letters during COVID-19 pandemic and the Council's update

To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them

NEWMinister Ford open letter to the SEND sector 9.11.2020

Halton Borough Council’s update

We are committed to continue to support the EHC Plan process, however, not all the assessment advice will be immediately available.Assessments for an EHC Plan may look different as these are not currently being undertaken face to face. We have moved to do this work by telephone or video calls where possible. Our decision-making panels will still take place but this work will be done remotely. We will continue to review these necessary changes.

EHCP Feedback Form – Your Voice Counts

If your child has a Halton EHCP, please share your views and experience with us by completing our Feedback Form below, so we can better support children and young people with SEND, their parents and carers