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Getting the Support You Need: How to Ask for an EHCP

Are you looking for guidance on how to get the support your child needs? The process of applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) can be daunting and difficult to navigate. This article will provide an overview of the process of getting an EHCP and offer advice on how to best approach and ask for the support you need.


The EHCP is a legal document that sets out the special educational needs of your child, along with any additional health and social care support they may need to succeed in their learning. An EHCP should be tailored to meet the individual needs of your child, and it can provide them with access to extra resources, such as specialist equipment, teaching assistants and one-to-one tuition.


The process of applying for an EHCP can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The first step is to make sure you have all of the information you need to make an informed application. You should speak to your child’s school or college to find out what kind of additional support they can offer, and make sure you are aware of any deadlines for submitting applications.


Once you have gathered all the necessary information, the next step is to contact your local authority. They will be able to provide you with further information on how to apply for an EHCP. You will need to fill in an application form including details about your child’s educational needs, and any health or social care requirements they may have. You may also need to provide evidence such as reports from specialists or educational psychologists. Your local authority should be able to provide guidance on what evidence is required.

You may want to consider getting advice from a special educational needs advisor or advocate when completing the application form. These professionals can help you to understand the process, and make sure that your application contains all of the necessary information. They can also help you prepare for meetings with professionals involved in assessing your child’s needs.


Once you have submitted your application form, you should expect a response from your local authority within a set time period (usually 16 weeks). If your application is successful, then you will receive an EHCP outlining the specific support and interventions that are available for your child. If your application is unsuccessful, then you will receive a response from the local authority explaining why your application was not successful, and how you can appeal their decision if you disagree with it.


Applying for an EHCP can be a daunting experience, but getting the right kind of support for your child is essential in helping them reach their full potential. With the right guidance and advice, you can ensure that your child receives the help they need in order to succeed in their learning and development.



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