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Assessment & Education Health and Care Plans

The document below is an interim guidance for the academic year 2014 -2015. It aims to prepare professionals, parents, carers, children and young people for the changes in operational procedures from September 2014 as a result of The Children and Families Act 2014. There is an accompanying SEND Code of Practice 2014, to which all references refer. 

The document provides practical guidance and information for professionals, parents and children and young people and others, where consideration is being given to making a request for a statutory assessment which may lead to an Education Heath and Care Plan (EHCP).

Framework for SEND Provision

Contents of the document are as follows:

Considering a request for an assessment for an EHCP

  • Who may request an EHCP?

  • Who may need an EHCP?

  • What evidence will the local authority want to see?

  • Issuing an EHC Plan or not

  • Referrals from parents/carers and young people

  • Timescales

  • Forward Planning

  • Criteria for a statutory assessment

  • Cognition and Learning

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

  • Sensory and/or physical needs

  • Hearing Impairment, Visually Impairment and Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)

Dudley’s  Education Heath and Care Plan (EHCP)

The content of the EHC Plan has been determined by legislation in Section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and Regulation 12 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2104.

Local Authorities are permitted to design and agree their plan locally provided it meets the statutory minimum requirements. Further explanation can be found in the SEND Code of Practice 2015 in paragraph 9.62.

Version 9 is the current document dated January 2015.

Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)


The Department for Education has published a general guide for parents on personalisation and personal budgets linked to Education, Health and Care Plans.

Making it Personal: A Family Guide to Personalisation, Personal Budgets and Education, Health and Care Plans

Dudley SENDIASS (formerly Dudley Parent Partnership Service) provides impartial information, advice and support to young people and parents, covering special educational needs (SEN), disability, health and social care


Helpline number:01384 817373
Address: Saltwells Education Centre, Bowling Green Road Netherton, Dudley DY2 9LY


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