Education, Health and Care Plan Checklist 23/07/2014 03:44

IPSEA has created a checklist that sets out what legally must be included as a minimum in any Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) issued by a Local Authority (LA). Our checklist is based on:

  • Part 3 of the Children & Families Act 2014 (section 37)
  • The draft SEN Code of Practice
  • The draft SEN Regulations

The draft SEN Code of Practice and the draft Regulations have been laid before Parliament for approval but have not yet been finalised. Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, the new SEN Code of Practice and the new Regulations are currently due to be implemented from 1/9/14. If an EHC plan does not contain all of the sections which are needed, it will not be legally compliant. This checklist will help parents, young people, Independent Supporters, Information, Advice & Support Services (previously Parent Partnership Services) and anyone else guiding parents/ young people through the process of statutory assessment potentially leading to an EHC plan after 1 September 2014. It will also be useful for schools and it will help LAs to ensure that their EHC plan format is compliant with the minimum legal requirements.

Download a PDF copy of IPSEA's EHC plan checklist here

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