Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

An EHCP is for children and young people between 0 and 25 in education who have additional needs.

The plan coordinates your child’s educational, health and social needs and sets out any additional support they may need. 

It is for children and young people who:

  • have special educational needs and/or disabilities 
  • are in nursery, children’s centres, school, college, apprenticeships or other training

You and your child are fully involved in decisions about what your child can achieve and what support they need now and in the future.

An EHCP can continue for a young person up to 25 years old if they still have specific educational needs to help them achieve the outcomes of their plan.

This means they can take their EHCP with them from school into further education and training such as an apprenticeship. 

The Bristol Toolkit – SEND in education

This toolkit has information on:

  • special educational needs support -support for those who are in education, have special educational needs but not an EHCP
  • EHCPs - a plan for those who are in Education, under 25 and are assessed to have significant educational needs
  • arrangements for those with have a statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) and are converting to an EHCP

Find out more about The Bristol Toolkit – SEND in education on the Findability website.

Contact information

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team

PO Box 3176

Parkview Office Campus

Whitchurch Lane

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 3700