Criteria for Statutory Assessment

The 'Criteria for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment' explains the process and criteria we use when considering whether there is a need to undertake a statutory assessment of a child or young person’s special educational needs.

In the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25, this assessment is referred to as an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment.

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An EHC needs assessment may result in 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.

Children and young people can have an EHC plan between the ages of 0 and 25 whilst in education or training. The term children is used for 0–16 year olds and the term young people for 16+-25 year olds.

When a young person is aged 16 or over their own views and opinions take precedence over those of their parents / carers.