How to request an EHC needs assessment
Parents, carers, schools and young people themselves aged 16 to 25 can ask for an EHC needs assessment.
Your school is usually best placed to request an EHC needs assessment as they will be asked to provide evidence to support the request. Every nursery, school or college will have a dedicated SENCo to support children and young people with special educational needs. Alternatively, parents and carers can request an EHC needs assessment.
You should speak to your child’s school first and make sure that appropriate support is in place.
We will decide on the support that is needed within 6 weeks. If we think that a full EHC assessment is needed, we will let you know what will happen next. If we think your child’s needs can be met without an assessment, we will tell you why and also speak with professionals working with your child to let them know what we have recommended.
If agreed, the assessment and EHC plan should be completed within 20 weeks.
How to get help with an EHC needs assessment
Get in touch with your nursery, school or college who can support and advise you.
You can also receive impartial, confidential and free advice from Derby SEND Information, Advice and Support (SENDIASS).
Other sources of help and support: