Sometimes a child or young person needs a more intensive level of specialist help that cannot be met from the resources available and this is the time to consider an EHC needs assessment. Some children may require an EHCP assessment very early on and in these cases the local authority should liaise with the appropriate professionals and start the process without delay.

Anyone can contact the SEND Team to ask for advice on the best route to requesting an EHC needs assessment; this will most often be through a multi-agency meeting with those involved, at the educational setting (e.g. school). Following this meeting, either the educational setting or the parents may submit a request. If the young person is over 16, they can ask for an assessment themselves. An EHCP brings the child or young person’s Education, Health and Social Care needs into a single, legal document. The child or young person must have special educational needs to be eligible for a plan.

Information and guidance about the processes and timelines involved in requesting Needs Assessments is contained in Chapter 4 of The Golden Binder:

Chapter 4  - Education, Health and Care Plans

Needs Assessment request forms
How to submit a EHC Needs Assessment Request

You should send requests with attachments to the following address: 

Address: SEND Team, c/o Achieving for Children, Guildhall 2, Kingston, KT1 1EU

Email: senteam@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Phone: 020 8547 5872