What is an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)?

An Education, Health and Care plan ("EHC plan") is a legal document which describes a child or young person's special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve. An EHC Plan looks at all the needs that a child or young person has within education, health and care. Professionals and the child, young person and their family together consider what outcomes they would like to see for the child or young person by the end of a key stage and the plan identifies what is needed to achieve those outcomes.

The Nottinghamshire Local Offer

Before making a request please read the information within Nottinghamshire's Local Offer which includes information about the EHC Process www.nottinghamshire.sendlocaloffer.org.uk

Additional Support and Guidance

All education settings have a member of staff who lead on supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN). For example, in schools this is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). Some children also have involvement from a member of the Education Learning & Skills Services i.e. a specialist teacher in the communication & interaction team. You should discuss the EHC process with these members of staff before making a request.

Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS) offer free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN from birth to 25, and their parents / carers. In Nottinghamshire the service is provided by Ask Us.
Their helpline operates Mon, Weds & Fri 9:00 - 13:00. Tues & Thurs 13:00 - 17:00.
Tel: 0800 121 7772 or email: enquiries@askusnotts.org.uk

The local authority's Integrated Children's Disability Service (ICDS) Statutory EHC Assessment Team coordinates the EHC process. If you have any other questions they can be contacted on (please note that the email address will depend on which district you live in):

Tel: 0115 804 1275