Education, Health and Care Plans - More Information

 

What is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC)?

Who are EHC Plans for?

How do I apply for an EHC Plan? 

When will statements of Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulty Assessment be changed to EHC Plans? 

What is a personal budget?

What if I disagree or am unhappy with how my / child’s case is being managed? 

What is the Inclusion and EHC Panel?

 

What is an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHC)? 

The EHC Plan will provide the same statutory protection as the Statement of SEN, but can cover children and young people from 0 – 25 and will be holistic and centred on the child or young person’s needs. The EHC Plan will set out your child or young person’s educational, health and care needs, and the provision they require in order to make progress. 

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Who are EHC Plans for? 

They are for children and young people with long term and complex needs that are impacting on their ability to access learning and develop independence between 0 – 25 years old.  

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How do I apply for an EHC Plan?

A request for an Education, Health and Care Plan will generally only be made once support has already been put in place through the child or young person’s setting/school.

For more information about requesting an EHC Plan read our  guidelines for requesting an EHC (DOC, 1.9MB) assessment.

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When will statements of Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulty Assessment be changed to EHC Plans?

All Local Authorities are required to convert existing Statements into Education Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans) between September 2014 and March 2018; LDA’s are to be converted by September 2016.

It is essential that the process enables a person centred approach, ensuring that the plan is holistic and that parents and young people are involved as equal partners and that their voice is central to the process. More information is available in our leaflet "SEND Statement of Special Educational Need Conversion" (DOC, 3MB)

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What is a personal budget?  

A personal budget is an amount of money or resources available in order to deliver the outcomes set out in an Education, Health and Care Plan. The total personal budget should be made clear to parent / carers and young person so they can be involved in all decision making in order to choose the right provision to best meet the outcomes identified in the child or young person’s care plan.  Personal budgets aim to give parents and young people more control over the support their child receives and enable flexible approach to achieving goals.  

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What if I disagree or am unhappy with how my / child’s case is being managed?

If you disagree with any part of the Proposed EHC Plan you should talk to your SEN Caseworker. You can also:

• Talk to MK SEND IAS on 01908 254518 – an impartial source of information, advice and support

• Consider independent mediation, Global Mediation offers further information.  

• You can also access an independent Supporter through the Pre-School Learning Alliance on 01908 263700.  

If no resolution is reached, the final plan will be issued and you will have the right of Appeal to the SEN tribunal.

What is the Inclusion and EHC Panel?

The weekly Inclusion and Educational, Health, Care panel’s purpose is to provide guidance to enable consistent and focused decision making in relation to resources and EHC assessment processes, this includes: Inclusion Grants, Pre and Post 16 top up funding, including equipment requests, requests for EHC needs assessment, whether an EHC plan is issued and the level of resource recommended for the plan and requests for specialist provision. The panel is responsible for providing professional guidance to enable consistent decision making and has terms of reference (DOCX, 41KB). Discussions and decisions are a collaborative process of responsibility for the decisions made and for the final decisions. The panel consists of a range of professionals including Head of service for SEND, health colleagues, MKC social care, Headteacher/SENCo from primary and secondary schools and colleagues from the SEND service team.  The panel sits weekly during the school term.

Special School Admissions – Following decisions made at the Inclusion/EHC panel meeting children and young people whom have been agreed for consideration at the special school panel are put forward.  This panel consists of the head teachers of Milton Keynes special school provisions, Head of SEND, Principle/Senior Educational Psychologist and SEND service team. 

 

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Last Updated: 16 November 2017