An EHCP is a legally binding document outlining a child or young person’s special educational, health, and social care needs. The document will give an up-to-date picture of a child or young person’s needs, based on assessments carried out by education, health and social care professionals. It will show which provision will be put in place to meet each of these needs and any provision listed must be specific, detailed and measured. The plan will name the educational setting to deliver the provision.

An EHCP details the individual support the child or young person requires to meet their needs to achieve their hopes and aspirations for the future. The EHCP will detail the Special Educational Provision needed which is above and beyond what the school can offer through SEND support.

Once a plan has been finalised, any change must be agreed through the Annual Review process. The EHCP may remain in place until the young person finishes education or at the end of the academic year they turn 25 in. The local authority may stop the EHC plan if it decides that the Special Educational Provision detailed in the plan is no longer needed.

An EHCP can support young people attending further education colleges and apprenticeships but does not cover education at universities.

You can find more information for young people attending universities here – Help if you are a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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