Criteria for Statutory Assessment

The 'Guide to the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment process' explains the process we use when considering whether there is a need to undertake a statutory assessment of a child or young person’s special educational needs. The decision whether or not to start an EHC needs assessment is made by the Statutory SEN panel of professionals.

For more information, visit our Statutory SEN Panel web page.

 An Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment, sometimes called a statutory SEN assessment, is a detailed assessment to find out exactly what a child or young person’s special educational needs are and the support they may need in order to learn, progress and achieve.

It is an opportunity for multiple agencies to define an individual's needs and, if required, draw up an Education Health and Care plan (EHC plan). When it does not, the information gathered can be used to inform SEN support provided by the educational setting. 

Education Health and Care (EHC) plans are a legal document for children (0-16 years) and young people (16-25 years) in education, training or an apprenticeship, who need more support than is available through SEN Support.

For more information about the EHC Needs Assessment process visit our Requests for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment web page.