What is an EHC needs assessment?

An EHC needs assessment is a detailed look at a child’s special educational needs (SEN) and the support he or she may need in order to learn.

Local authorities are responsible for carrying out EHC needs assessments under the Children and Families Act 2014.



The needs assessment brings together information about:

  • what your child can and cannot do
  • the special help they need

It includes information from:

  • you
  • your child
  • the early years’ setting or school
  • other professionals who work with or support your child

The assessment is to see if your child needs an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan).​

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