Education, Health & Care Plan

Education, Health & Care (EHC) Plan

What is an EHC Plan

What is an Education, Health & Care Plan?

  • 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
  • Young people and families worked with us to co-produce the design of the plan
  • From September 2014 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.
  • An EHC plan replaces the Statements of SEN and Learning Disability Assessments, it is a personalised plan to meet the needs and outcomes for each child or young person.  Including what they think is important and what they want to achieve now and the future.

 The EHC Plan:

  • will be clear about how much things cost and have agreed timescales to make sure that it is updated
  • will be reviewed annually by the school/setting and the process is described under the heading EHC Assessment Process, Annual Reviews, Personal Budgets and Young People in Custody, you’ll see a drop-down box below titled ‘Annual Review – EHC Plans & SEN Statements’
  • might go with your child or the young person if they change services or schools and when they leave school to go to college, work-related training or an apprenticeship
  • will cease when the education or training outcomes detailed in the Education, Health and Care Plan have been achieved
  • will 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?

Who is it for?

Children and young people aged 0-25 years who have complex and severe special educational needs and disabilities where an assessment of education, health and social care needs has been agreed by a multi-agency group of professionals

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

Making Decisions?

Decision Making Toolkit

This Council for Disabled Children have produced a decision making toolkit  as a practical guide to support social workers, health professionals, school,college staff, parents/carers, families and anyone working directly with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

It is designed to be used in partnership with young people to support them to make their own decisions and to participate as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf.

A template is included for use with those young person that lack capacity to help professionals to go through a best interests decision making process based on the best interests checklist in the 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


Outcomes Toolkit

Planning Ahead – Outcomes Toolkit

Outcomes Toolkit can help planning ahead what you want to do at different ages

What did you think about the EHC Plan Process?

POET - Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool
Please find below the User Guide, online and hard-copy versions of the Questionnaires for your completion.



Personal Budgets

Young People in Custody

Young People in Custody

SEND Youth Custody Legal Framework

Further supporting information is available from the Council for Disabled Children


Assessment Process, Timescales & Panel Dates

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

PANEL Dates Enhanced Provision, SENCO Workshop Dates
SEND Code of Practice Guidance for Professionals
SEND Code of Practice & Guides You can subscribe to alerts via the .gov website

Forms, Supplementary Information & Reviews

Assessment -EHC Plan Application Forms
Always email or telephone the SEND Service for advice before completing a request for an assessment Tel: 0151 511 7461


1. You will need to SAVE the form on your desktop/in one of your folders

2.  Click yellow ENABLE EDITING to be able to type into the form

All About Me Forms by Parents/Carers and Child/Young Person
An Assessment Co-ordinator will meet with Parents/Carers and the Child/Young Person to complete the All About Me documents for your views and provide information about your family life
Supplementary Information - Schools/Setting
Submit with ALL EHC Plan Assessment Requests


1. You will need to SAVE the form on your desktop/in one of your folders

2.  Click yellow ENABLE EDITING to be able to type into the form

Pupil’s Voice Templates

One Page Profiles

EHC Plan Annual Review by School/Setting

Complaints, Mediation, Tribunal Appeals, Judicial Review and Disagreement Resolution

SEND Tribunal: National 2-year Pilot
From 3 April 2018 all local authorities, health commissioning bodies, parents and young people will be taking part in a 2-year national pilot to extend the powers of the First Tier Tribunal for Special Educational Needs.

The pilot gives parents and young people new rights to request recommendations about health and social care needs and provision specified in EHC Plans, in addition to the education aspects when making an appeal.

The policy aims of the national trial are to:

  • Create a more holistic, person-centred view of the child or young person’s needs at the Tribunal
  • Bring appeal rights in line with the wider remit of EHC Plans
  • Encourage joint working between education, health and social care commissioners
  • Bring about positive benefits to children ,young people and parents

SEND Tribunal Single Route of Redress Guidance

What happens if the local authority decides that an EHC plan is not necessary?
If  it is decided that an EHC plan is not necessary the local authority must give the reasons for its decision and inform the parents, young person, early years provider, school or post 16 institution currently attended and the health service.

This must take place within 16 weeks of the initial request or of the child or young person having been brought to the authority’s attention.

The local authority must also tell the parents or young person about:

  • their right to appeal to the SENDIST Tribunal against the decision
  • the appeal deadlines
  • Halton SEND Partnership Information, Advice and Support
  • details of the disagreement resolution services.

It is likely that the information gathered during the assessment will have identified how the school, college or other provider can meet the child or young person’s needs from within their available resources through an early years, school or college based support plan.


These factsheets aim to provide an overview of the processes involved if you are unhappy with the decisions that have been made.

Further information, advice or support is available through Halton SENDIASS for free confidential and impartial support 0151 511 7733 SENDpartnership@halton.gov.uk 

Mediation Services
KIDS SEND Mediation helps parents or young people resolve disagreements about Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments and Plans, as well as other issues.

Parents and young people can use mediation before making an appeal to the SEND Tribunal. Mediation is very successful and means you may not have to go to Tribunal. But if you are not happy with the outcome of mediation, you can still make an appeal to the Tribunal.

What we do:

  • All our work is free of charge. The service is for children and young people age 0 to 25 and their parents. Mediation is quick and informal and often helps resolve disagreements so that you do not have to go to Tribunal.
  • We give Mediation Information and Advice (MIAS). We arrange Mediation and disagreement resolution between parents and the local authority, as well as the school or college. Health and Social Services can also be involved.
  • Mediation meetings are usually face-to-face. The impartial mediator helps everybody prepare for the meeting and makes sure that everybody’s voice is heard. Mediation meetings take place somewhere near you and within 30 days of your request.
  • At the end of the Mediation meeting, the mediator helps parties put their agreements in writing. The agreement is signed and a copy given to everybody. This forms a Contract between the parties.

KIDS have a big team of mediators who are very experienced and have nationally recognised mediator accreditations. They are all specialist SEND mediators.

KIDS Guidance, Forms & Information

Independent Support

Independent Support provides time limited help to work with you throughout the assessment period for an EHC Plan.

Independent Support Explained 

Halton SENDIASS and Leaflet

Council for Disabled Children