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What happens during an EHC needs assessment

What happens during an EHC needs assessment

What happens if we decide to do an EHC needs assessment for your child and who we get information from about your child’s needs

How we assess your child’s needs  

We ask any professionals that have been involved with your child’s education, health and social care needs for a detailed report. We ask for:

  • psychological advice and information from an educational psychologist
  • educational advice and information from the manager, head teacher or principal of the early years setting, school or post-16 or other institution that your child goes to
  • medical advice and information from health care professionals who support your child, such as an occupational therapist or speech and language therapist
  • social care advice and information from social workers, family support workers, or social care practitioners

We’ll also invite you to give us any other additional information and your views about your child’s needs.

They’ll provide us with a range of information, including:

  • your child’s interests and aspirations, such as what’s important to them 
  • your family’s history, including a summary of initial concerns
  • your child’s communication and interaction needs, including their strengths and long term personal outcomes
  • your child’s cognition and learning needs, including recommended strategies and programmes
  • your child’s social, emotional and mental health needs, including specific short-term personal outcomes that are 
  • your child’s sensory and physical needs
  • your child’s health needs, including how they manage their diagnosed condition
  • your child’s social care needs, including provision such as short breaks

This can take up to six weeks.  

Once we’ve gathered all the information, it goes to our statutory EHC Needs Assessment Panel, where a decision is made about if your child needs an EHC plan.