Education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment
Your child or young person may need an Education, Health and Care needs assessment if the extra support they are receiving is not helping or they have severe or complex needs.
Learn more about the Education, Care and Health needs assessment process.
Who can ask for an assessment?
A parent, young person, school, nursery or college, can ask the Council to carry out an assessment.
If you would like to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment, please download the Council's Parental Request for a Statutory Assessment of Special Educational Needs form [Word, 61KB] and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively you can write to:
Special Educational Needs Service, London Borough of Bromley, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH.
If you are going to contact the Council, you may find this page from the Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) on Model letters [external website] useful when making your request.
The Council will let you know within 6 weeks whether it thinks that your child needs one.
Find out more about EHC assessments
This short film will provide you with the information that you need in order to participate in the Education, Care and Health (EHC) needs assessment for your child or young person.
What happens after the Council receive your request?
If the Council agree your child needs to be assessed they will do it within 16 weeks.
They will give you a named case worker who will arrange a meeting with you. They'll also contact:
- teachers or staff at your child's school, nursery or college
- an educational psychologist
- specialist teachers
- a medical professional (usually a doctor, but may also include speech or physical therapists)
- children's social care (who will only give advice if they know your child)
- anyone else they need to talk to or you think they should talk to.
They will get information from them about your child's needs and how they affect their ability to learn.
Involving you and your child
You and your child should be at the centre of the assessment process.
They will make sure you have time to prepare for meetings and give you time to share your views. You can come to any examinations or assessments your child needs.
What happens after the assessment
If the Council feel your child's needs can not be met by the current school arrangement they will write an education, health and care plan for your child.
If the Council decide not to make an education, health and care plan
If the Council decide not to write an education, health and care plan for your child they will tell you within 16 weeks of starting the education, health and care assessment why and how their needs will be met inside or outside the school.
Appealing: the Council will offer you mediation if you would like to appeal. Alternatively you have 2 months to appeal to a tribunal if the Council decide not to make an EHC plan.
Even if the Council don't give your child a plan, they may still offer them support, such as SEN Support or a Pupil Resource Agreement.
Need more help?
Find out who to talk to
Contact the Information, Advice and Support Service for free, impartial information, advice and support for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Support is also offered to children and young people with SEND. They can also help provide information in a non-web format.
Call: 020 8461 7630
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