Before requesting an assessment
Most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will not need an EHCP and can have their needs met by the SEN provision in their school, college or education setting.
We also have information on additional activities and support for families, which includes support groups, short breaks for respite, childcare and wraparound care, and how to find suitable activities for your family in Devon.
Request an assessment
Some young people who have long-term or more complex needs and/or disabilities may need further support provided by us. If your child isn’t making good progress with the SEN support provided by their education setting, then you may need to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment to see whether an EHCP is the next step.
We have detailed the process that happens after an assessment is requested and the timescales involved.
You can also find out more about what you can do if you’re not happy about the decisions that are made once you have requested an assessment.
What is an EHCP?
An EHCP* is for young people aged 25 or under who are in education or training and need additional support to the SEN support provided by their school or education setting. It sets out a child or young person’s education, health and care needs and the extra support required to meet them.
*EHCPs were known as Statements of Special Educational Needs before the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014.
We have produced a useful explanation of what’s in an EHCP.
EHCPs are reviewed annually and can be re-assessed when needed. Find out more about the review process here.
When a young person reaches the age of 16, we can work directly with them on their EHCP, however, the process can still include their family. Find out more about EHCPs for 19-25-year-olds.
EHCPs are not required or issued to access university (higher education), but they can be used to inform the other support available at the university.
What is the EHC Hub?
The EHC Hub is Devon’s IT system for managing EHC assessments and EHCP reviews.
- Please see our guidance for registering to use Devon’s EHC Hub.
- Guidance for parents: What happens after the request is received
- Guidance for parents: using the EHC Hub for an EHCP review
What makes a good EHCP?
Professionals across education, health and care have worked alongside the co-chairs of the Devon Parent Carer Forum to agree on a common set of standards about what an EHCP should be.
This has been informed by the thoughts of parents gathered through the forum and gives us a common set of principles that we are all agreeing to work with and use.
- Read the feedback from parents that we have received about EHCPs.
- The government provides more information about EHCPs. They have also produced a SEND Code of Practice which provides further information.
- DiAS has produced a useful leaflet about Education Health and Care (EHC) Statutory Assessments and Plans. They have also produced a leaflet about Assessments, Plans and Reviews.
More information on EHCPs
If your child isn’t making good progress with the SEN support provided by their education setting, then you may need to request an EHC Needs Assessment.
What the process is once an EHC Needs Assessment has been made and what happens if a request is refused.
Guidance on the EHCP review and reassessment process, and what it means for everyone involved.
Advice about what you can do if you’re not happy with a decision and the services that can be used to help resolve disagreements.
Learners with an EHCP can access education between 19 and 25 if it is identified that they have incomplete outcomes in their plan.
Read the parent feedback reports on how they felt about the EHCP process.
How an EHCP is divided up and the information that will be contained in each section.