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A step by step guide explaining the time it takes to arrange an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)
The EHCEHCEducation, Health and Care planning and assessment process should take no more than 20 weeks from the date of the request until the plan is issued, unless certain conditions occur (see the exceptions to time limits section).
We’ve broken the journey up so you can see what happens at each stage.
At key points in this process, if we make a decision that you don’t agree with, you have the right to appeal.
Everyone we ask for information about your case must reply within 12 weeks from the date of the needs assessment request.
It’s important that you keep all appointments relating to your assessment. If you don't it could delay the process.
* The local authority must agree with a parent or young person’s preference for a school or college unless:
You’ll get the details of the final EHCP no later than week 20.
The final version of the plan will name the early years setting, school or college that your child or young person will be attending.
The support we’ve arranged in the plan will be put in place to help your child or young person from that point on. The education setting is legally obliged to deliver the support detailed in the EHC Plan.
Once issued, an EHCP is reviewed at least once a year, or every 6 months for children under the age of 5. This is called an Annual Review.
If your child or young person is not making progress, needs to move to a different education setting, or if you feel the content of the EHCP needs updating you should request an early Annual Review cycle by contacting the SEND Statutory Services Team or by talking to your child or young person's setting SENCo. You can ask the local authority to hold a review at any stage in the year and do not need to wait until the next review is due.
If you don't agree with the content of an EHCP, including the education setting named in section I, you can appeal to the SEND Tribunal. We will explain this process to you and you can seek further support from SENDiass.
You should be informed if exemptions apply so that you are aware of and understand the reason. As soon as the conditions that led to the exemption no longer apply the process should be completed as quickly as possible.
For further information see section 9 on Advice and information for EHC needs assessments in the SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years.