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Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment

An Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment is an assessment undertaken by a local authority under the Children and Families Act 2014 of the education, health and care needs of a child or young person aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or disabilities to determine whether it is necessary to make provision for those needs in accordance with an Education Health and Care Plan.

The following have a specific right to ask a local authority to conduct an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment:

  • A child’s parent;
  • A young person over the age of 16 but under the age of 25; and
  • A person acting on behalf of a school or post-16 institution (this should be with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person where possible).

In addition, anyone else can bring a child or young person who has (or may have) SEN to the attention of the local authority, e.g. foster carers, health and social care professionals, education staff, youth offending teams or probation services, or a family friend.

Following a request or a child having been brought to its attention, the local authority must (unless it has already undertaken such an assessment during the previous six months) determine whether an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment is necessary and communicate that decision within 6 weeks.

Guidance:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 – 25 years Statutory Guidance for Organisations who work with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (2014)