Education health and care plans
About education, health and care plans
Education, health and care (EHC) plans look at all your child's needs and brings together education, health and care services to achieve agreed outcomes. The focus is very much on what is important for children and young people – what they and you want to achieve now and in the future.
EHC plans are available from birth to 25 years old. Children, young people and families are at the centre of the assessment and planning process and 16 - 25 years old should be especially involved in the planning.
We will make sure you have time to prepare for meetings and share your views. You can come to any tests or assessments your child needs. We are responsible for making sure all the services are brought together and that the plan is well co-ordinated.
What is an ECH plan and who is it for
Issuing EHC plans
We will decide whether to give your child an education, health and care (EHC) plan after a formal assessment of their needs. We will complete the assessment and planning within 20 weeks..
If we decide not to make an EHC plan
We will tell you within 16 weeks of starting the education, health and care assessment if they decide not to make a plan for your child. Even if we don't give your child a plan, we may still offer them support..
You have two months to appeal to a tribunal if Bromley Council decide not to make an EHC plan. We will tell you how to appeal.
If we decide to make an EHC plan
Bromley Council will write an EHC plan for your child if we decide your child's needs cannot be met by their current school or nursery's arrangements.
The plan will set out the long term outcomes and the help that will be provided. We will explain the help that is available and involve you in decisions about how any funding is used. In some cases you may be able to receive a personal budget. You and your child should be central to developing the plans and involved at every stage. We will discuss the plan with you. You'll be able to comment on the draft plan before the final one is issued.
If your child is due to start or change school in September you must tell Bromley Council which school you'd like your child to go to within 15 days of receiving the draft EHC plan.
if you disagree with the final plan you can make an appeal. We will tell you how to appeal. Find out more about mediation.
Reviewing the EHC plan
Bromley Council review you child's plan every year in a meeting with you and potentially your child.
During the meeting you will:
- check the support your child has received over the past year has helped them to make progress
- see if your child's needs have changed in any way
- plan for the next year
- See if the plan is still suitable or needs changing.
Changes to the EHC plan
We will always ask for your views before changing your child's plan. You can appeal to the special educational needs and disability tribunal if you disagree with the changes.
Making the "C" in EHC plans count
C” is for care; your child’s care should be an important aspect of his or her growth. Education, Health and Care Plans should include outcomes for your child/young person’s Social Needs (such as greater independence and meeting friends).The plan must include their views.
There are documents to help you and your child with EHC outcomes.These include examples of questions your SENCO or family support worker may ask you before your EHC plan meeting to generate a conversation about your son/daughter’s social needs and a young person's social needs toolkit.