An education, health and care (EHC) plan brings your child’s education, health and social care needs into a single, legal document. Your child must have special educational needs to be eligible for a plan.
From 1 September 2014 EHC Plans will replace statements of special educational needs. If your child has a statement, they will be transferred to an EHC plan.
This is part of national Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms; changes to the law for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The new law will result in changes to the way you and your child receive support from your local council, health and social care services and your child’s nursery, school or college.
It should be noted however, the time tabling for this to happen, ie if your child already has a statement of educational needs, is determined by each Local Authority but they have to be transitioned within 3 years.
Contact A Family have produced an excellent range of fact sheets on the new system and they are available here.