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EHCP and Annual Reviews

The EHC plan is intended for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25.


The EHC plan puts children, young people and their families at the very centre of the process to make sure that their views are not only heard but also understood. The planning process uses outcomes focussed planning which helps families feel more in control.


EHC plans are developed using coordinated assessments from all the services involved with the child or young person. The plan focusses on outcomes and must say how services will work together to meet the needs of the child or young person.


The overall purpose of the EHC plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care, and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.


A statutory assessment for an EHC plan should not be the first step in the process for helping to meet the needs of a child or young person but should be built on coordinated work that is already happening between families, educational settings and any other health or social care services involved.


Young people and families in Hertfordshire have helped to design the EHC plan that we are using. The feedback we have received from them so far is that they feel more listened to and more involved in the decision making for their child in ways that make sense to them.


You may find it helpful to talk to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS) about EHC plans and Annual Reviews: