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A request for a EHC Needs Assessment is the first step towards an assessment being agreed and an EHC Plan issued.

An assessment can be requested by:

  • a parent;
  • a young person over the age of 16 but under the age of 25;
  • an early years setting or school, but only after talking with you first;
  • any professional working with the child or young person.

You should work with your child’s school/early years setting before requesting an EHC needs assessment to make sure all possible strategies have been put in place and all available resources have been used appropriately. 

Essex Local Authority have created an EHC Needs Assessment Request Form - Parents/Young People

You may find the form useful as they indicate the information that is needed in order to give full consideration to your request for an EHC Needs Assessment.  

 It is very helpful if a Permissions form is sent in with all requests for an EHC needs assessment.  

Alternatively, you can use this IPSEA model letter to make a parental request for an Education, health & Care Needs Assessment.

Gathering evidence & completing EHC Needs Request form

Advice on gathering the right information for an EHC Needs Assessment and hints and tips on completing the request form.

EHCNA Frequently Asked Questions

Parent/carer questions on making a request, timeframe of assessment and what happens next

How long does the process take?

Information on the timeframe of the 20 week assessment - what happens week by week

Also in this section:

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessments

Read or listen to our video explaining the Education, Health & Care Needs Assessment process

What is an EHC Plan?

Read or listen to our video on what is an EHCP and who is it for

When a Local Authority should carry out an EHC Needs Assessment

Guidance on what a LA must consider for an assessment request

Gathering Evidence & Completing an EHC Needs Request form

Advice on gathering information for a parental EHC Needs Assessment and hints and tips on completing the request form.

How long does the process take?

Information on the timeframe of the 20 week assessment and what to do if the local authority have not carried out the assessment correctly or kept to the legal timeframe

EHCNA Frequently Asked Questions

Parent/carer questions on making a request, timeframe of assessment and what happens next

Local Authority decisions around EHC Needs Assessments

Information on LA decisions around EHC Needs Assessment.

Health and Social Care Elements of an EHC Needs Assessment

Support on providing the LA with information about your child or young person's physical, emotional and social development and health needs.