Your child’s Education, Health and Care Plan

As part of our support for children and young people with a vision impairment and their families, we offer a specialist education support service.

This section includes guidance on applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for your child, and everything you need to know about the EHCP process.

Abbreviations you may hear used

You’ll find out very quickly that a lot of abbreviations are used when talking about your child’s educational needs. These are some of the most common:

  • EHCP – Education Health and Care Plan
  • SENDCo – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator
  • CYP – Child or Young Person
  • QTVI – Qualified Teacher of children with a Vision Impairment
  • QTMSI – Qualified Teacher of children with Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • LA – Local Authority
  • SENDO – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Officer (at the Local Authority)

What is an EHCP?

  • An EHCP is a legal document, drawn up by the local authority, which describes the needs of a child or young person. It explains what the child can and can’t do and identifies what should happen to get their needs met through education, health and social care services.
  • An EHCP is provided where your child’s needs can’t reasonably be met without additional specialist support under the 'graduated approach'.
  • An EHCP looks at all of your child’s needs across education, health and social care. Professionals from each area, along with you, the parent, consider what outcomes you’re hoping for and what’s needed to achieve them.
  • An EHCP supports your child from birth to the age of 25.
  • The education, health and social care process takes a person-centred approach, meaning that you and your child are involved.
  • The process focuses on your child’s aspirations so that they can achieve their personal goals.
  • A parent or young person may request a personal budget at the draft stage of the EHCP process if that will help fulfil their education, health and social care needs (for more information check your local authority website).

A good quality EHCP is:

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What special educational needs are considered when you request an EHCP?

Your child's needs are looked at under four broad headings (in some areas there may be more than four):

In this section...

Here is some information and advice on the EHCP timeline, process and how to apply.

We outline everything you need to know to make sure your child's EHCP is right.
We provide some guidance on how to write Section A of your child's EHCP. 
Annual reviews are an important part of your child's EHCP. Here we explain what you can expect and what to prepare.

Do you need help?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more tailored help and support.

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