Updated EHC Needs Assessment

Updated guidance on Education Health Care needs assessments

A group of Cheshire East Council officers (from across children’s services), health visitors, other health professionals and parent carer representatives have worked Together in Cheshire East to update the online information about Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments within our Local Offer for SEND.

The group updated the information to provide clear guidance on:

  • when a request for an EHC needs assessment should be made
  • who can request an EHC needs assessment
  • how requests should be made and what information should be submitted with a request (including checklists designed to help educational settings, parent carers or young people aged 16 or over to identify appropriate information and evidence to send with a request)
  • how the EHC needs assessment process works

Due to the range of evidence to be considered, it helps if educational settings, parents/carers, young people and other professionals work together wherever possible to submit a request for an EHC needs assessment.

In addition, there is also updated information about how to bring a child or young person who has (or may have) SEN to the attention of the local authority. This is particularly important for health professionals working with children under compulsory school age (a child is of "compulsory school age" on the 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following their fifth birthday.)

The updated information also discusses how families are supported during the EHC needs assessment process and the support available for children and young people without an EHC Plan.