What is an EHCP?

An EHCP involves parents, carers, young people and children in decisions about what support a child or young person needs, now and in the future.

It’s prepared in partnership with professionals working across education, health and social care specialist services.


  • is for all children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities who are placed in special school settings
  • can be requested if the child or young person is in a mainstream setting and their needs require a high level of support to allow them to access the curriculum
  • can last until a young person is 25 years old, but for most young people the plan will finish earlier than that because it does not apply once the young person leaves school or college.

EHCPs are focused on:

  • achieving outcomes
  • helping children and young people into school and through school
  • preparing young people for adulthood.

Have a look at our EHCP template below to get an idea of what a plan looks like.