What goes in an Education Health and Care Plan
What does an Education Health and Care Plan look like?
All Education Heath and Care Plans (EHCP) must have the same information, and these are set out in sections. Cambridgeshire use their own version of the standard template.
Sections in an EHCP
- A: The views, interests and aspirations of you and your child: the views, interests and aspirations of the child and their parent carers, or the young person;
B: Special educational needs (SEN): the child or young person’s special educational needs.
C: Health needs related to SEN: : the health care needs which relate to their special educational needs or disability
D: Social care needs related to SEN. the social care needs which relate to their special educational needs or disability
E: Outcomes – how the extra help will benefit your child: what will I see / hear if the plan works
F: Special educational provision (support): what needs to be provided for the child to make progress, thrive and do well.
G: Health provision: any health care reasonably needed to be provided by health for the child’s learning difficulties or disabilities
H: Social care provision. any social care reasonably needed to be provided by health for the child’s learning difficulties or disabilities
I: Placement – type and name of school or other institution (blank in the draft plan (link to info about draft plan)) Section I: the name of the school or provision to be attended by the child or young person, and the type of provision (mainstream, special school type, alternative provision)
- J: Personal budget arrangements: details of any direct payment which will be made
K: Advice and information – a list of the information gathered during the EHC needs assessment: copies of all of the advice and information obtained as part of the process e.g. paediatricians report, educational psychologist’s report, Occupational therapists report etc,
There are three sections on needs (i.e. your child’s difficulties) that are matched by corresponding provision (the help your child will get) to meet those needs: This means what ypu set out in “Section B: Special educational needs” is met by “Section F: special educational provision. Section C: ‘Health care needs” are met by “Section G: health care provision”. And “Section D: Social care needs” are met by “Section H: social care provision”.
SENDIASS have a helpful handout.
Contact a Family have some helpful information with examples of what might go in each section.
Education Health and Care Plan are legal documents but should also be easily understood by all who need to read them and be ‘specific’ – they have to say what will be provided, by whom, when, how often etc. A child only has a set number of hours in school each week / waking hours and so the challenge is making sure what is included fits the time available and makes for the right balance to get the best for the child or young person.
Parent carers, education, health and social care professionals will all be asked and expected to help write the plan. Most importantly, the child or young person should also have the opportunity to shape it and contribute to it. The best plans ‘sound like’ the child or young person – you can hear their needs described throughout the writing and its clear what they want for their future.
SENDIASS can provide free and independent advice and support if you have concerns about how the EHCP is written or how the process works.
Cambridgeshire Local Authority are working with education, social services and health to continually improve the quality of their plans through a process of sampling and review so that in time plans are consistently of a very high quality.