We must carry out an assessment of education, health and care needs and prepare an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan when it considers that it may be necessary for special educational provision to be made for the child or young person through an EHC plan. This is likely to be where the special educational provision required to meet the child or young person’s needs cannot reasonably be provided from within the resources normally available to mainstream early years providers, schools and post 16 institutions. This statutory assessment should not be the first step in the process; rather it should follow on from planning already undertaken with parents and young people in conjunction with an early years provider, school, post-16 institution or other provider.

EHC plans must be focused on the outcomes the child or young person seeks to achieve across education, health and care. EHC plans must set out how services will work together to meet the child or young person’s needs and in support of those outcomes. EHC plans will be based on a co-ordinated assessment and planning process which puts the child and young person and their parents at the centre of decision making.

Education, Health and Care Plans Leaflet
This leaflet is for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) living in Torbay. The purpose of the leaflet is to explain the new Education, Health and Care assessment pathway.
Young Person's Guide to EHCP's
Information for young people on the EHCP Process.
Guidance Criteria
Guidance criteria for children and young people with SEND
Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan
Template for Torbay

If you would like further information on Torbay’s implementation of the SEND Reforms or would like further information about how to participate, please contact us.