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Education, Health & Care needs assessments & plans (EHCPs)
What is an EHC plan?
The SEND Code of Practice says:
"The purpose of an EHC plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.." (9.2)
An EHC plan is a legal document written by the local authority and is used for children and young people with high support needs that cannot be met by the support that is usually available at their school or college.
EHC plans replaced Statements of Special Educational Need and Section 139 Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) on 1 September 2014.
They describe a child’s special educational needs (SEN) and the help they will get to meet them. An EHC plan also includes any health and social care provision that is needed and can start from a child’s birth and continue into further education (not applicable for higher education) and training up until age 25.