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Education, Health and Care Plans

What is an Education, Health and Care?

An Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) describes a child’s special educational needs (SEN) and the help they will get to meet them. An EHCP also includes any health and social needs related to their SEN and provision that is needed. It is a legal document written by the Local Authority and is intended to ensure that children and young people with an EHCP receive the support they need.

EHCP replace Statements of Special Educational Need and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA).

Children and young people who have a Statement of Special Educational Need should transfer to an EHCP before April 2018. You can speak to us at Norfolk SEND Partnership IASS for more information on 01603 704070 or read Norfolk’s Transition Plan on Norfolk’s Local Offer at

The SEND Code of Practice says:

The purpose of an EHCP is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood. (9.2)


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