Education, health and care plans (EHCPs)

Education, health and care plans (EHCPs)

Templates to use when contributing to an EHC Needs Assessment and an Annual Review

What an Education, health and care plan is

An education, health and care plan is for children and young people from birth to the age of 25 if they're in education or training who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. It:

  • is a legal document
  • describes a child or young person's special educational, health and social care needs

We carry out an EHC needs assessment and this may result in an EHC plan.

The whole process from initial referral to getting a decision about whether a child or young person will get an EHC plan should take no longer than 20 weeks.

Download an overview of the timeframe (pdf, 158KB) (opens new window) .

You can find more information for families about EHC plans on the Bristol SEND Local Offer website.

What an EHC needs assessment is

The EHC needs assessment:

  • gathers information about the child or young person
  • describes the child’s or young person’s needs
  • can result in additional support and funding for the child or young person

Fill in a Request for an EHC Needs Assessment (word doc, 577KB) (opens new window) .

Complete a school contribution to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment form (word doc, 77KB) (opens new window) (word doc, 77KB) (opens new window) .

How long a EHC needs assessment takes

Once we get a request for an EHC needs assessment, we have six weeks to  make a decision about whether to carry out an assessment.

Read about What happens after an EHC Needs assessment.

Reviewing EHC plans

We must review EHC plans within 12 months of the date we issue them. The person organising the review must seek advice and information about the child or young person before the annual review meeting from:

  • the child’s parent or carer or the young person themselves
  • a representative from the educational setting the child or young person goes to
  • the child or young person’s health service representative
  • the child or young person’s social care representative
  • any other people relevant to the review

Complete a setting contribution to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) annual review form (word doc, 54KB) (opens new window) .