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Education Health Care (EHC) Assessments

This article explains how to request an EHC assessment and what happens when you do
Initial request for an Education, Health and Care assessment


You or your child’s early education setting, school or college can request an assessment. It is best to make your request in writing or by email. The address is:

Hampshire County Council SENSpecial Educational Needs Service Children's Services Elizabeth II Court North 1st floor Winchester Hampshire SO23 8UG Email: childrens.services@hants.gov.uk


It is a good idea for you to discuss your intention to make a request for assessment with your child’s school as they will be able to help and advise you on the support available to help your child with their special educational needs. A young person over the age of 16 can also request an assessment on their own behalf.


Proposal to assess


As soon as the request is received a letter will be sent to you outlining what the proposed assessment will involve and giving you the name of an officer in the SENSpecial Educational Needs Service who can provide assistance. This person is known as the Named Officer. You can also have access to impartial information advice and support.


There is a period of 25 days for you to send in comments on our proposal to assess. Within six weeks we will decide whether or not to proceed with the assessment and inform you by letter of the decision and the reasons for it. If we decide not to carry out an assessment you will have the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (SENSpecial Educational Needs and Disability).


EHC needs assessment


If the local authority decides an assessment should go ahead, you can request support from an Independent supporter. You can contact them on 0300 303 8604 (local rate) or by email at independentsupport@roseroad.org.uk


We request written reports from:

  • parents (in addition to your own comments you can include any independent written advice you have obtained)
  • your child
  • early education setting, school or college (headteacher/principal, SENCOSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator and teachers)
  • school doctor
  • educational psychologist
  • social care
  • any other relevant people (eg specialist teacher adviser, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, education welfare officer, etc).


You can attend any examination or assessment of your child.


You will be sent copies of any reports written after these assessments, and your information (“Our story”) will be shared with those carrying out assessments on your child. You can see a template of the EHCP here, which includes all of the sections to be completed.


Throughout the process you will be able to keep in contact with your “Named Officer” so that you can be updated and involved in what is happening.


Click here for a useful flowchart about requesting an EHC Plan.


Click here for a useful flowchart about EHC Assessments.

Checked: 14/09/2016

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Education Health Care (EHC) Assessments

This article explains how to request an EHC assessment and what happens when you do
Initial request for an Education, Health and Care assessment


You or your child’s early education setting, school or college can request an assessment. It is best to make your request in writing or by email. The address is:

Hampshire County Council SENSpecial Educational Needs Service Children's Services Elizabeth II Court North 1st floor Winchester Hampshire SO23 8UG Email: childrens.services@hants.gov.uk


It is a good idea for you to discuss your intention to make a request for assessment with your child’s school as they will be able to help and advise you on the support available to help your child with their special educational needs. A young person over the age of 16 can also request an assessment on their own behalf.


Proposal to assess


As soon as the request is received a letter will be sent to you outlining what the proposed assessment will involve and giving you the name of an officer in the SENSpecial Educational Needs Service who can provide assistance. This person is known as the Named Officer. You can also have access to impartial information advice and support.


There is a period of 25 days for you to send in comments on our proposal to assess. Within six weeks we will decide whether or not to proceed with the assessment and inform you by letter of the decision and the reasons for it. If we decide not to carry out an assessment you will have the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (SENSpecial Educational Needs and Disability).


EHC needs assessment


If the local authority decides an assessment should go ahead, you can request support from an Independent supporter. You can contact them on 0300 303 8604 (local rate) or by email at independentsupport@roseroad.org.uk


We request written reports from:

  • parents (in addition to your own comments you can include any independent written advice you have obtained)
  • your child
  • early education setting, school or college (headteacher/principal, SENCOSpecial Educational Needs Co-ordinator and teachers)
  • school doctor
  • educational psychologist
  • social care
  • any other relevant people (eg specialist teacher adviser, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, education welfare officer, etc).


You can attend any examination or assessment of your child.


You will be sent copies of any reports written after these assessments, and your information (“Our story”) will be shared with those carrying out assessments on your child. You can see a template of the EHCP here, which includes all of the sections to be completed.


Throughout the process you will be able to keep in contact with your “Named Officer” so that you can be updated and involved in what is happening.


Click here for a useful flowchart about requesting an EHC Plan.


Click here for a useful flowchart about EHC Assessments.

Checked: 14/09/2016