Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment Information and Links to Apply
UPDATED: 7th April 2021
If you are a parent or carer (with parental responsibility) or a young person aged 16 or over you are able to make a request for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.
We strongly advise you read the further information below before making your request and you discuss the request with your child/young person’s current education provider.
You can submit a request on the West Sussex County Council website or by emailing SENAT directly, please include the following information where appropriate:
For parent or carer (with parental responsibility) only:
For all requests:
Please email this to the team box nearest to your home address (Do not worry if you send to the wrong address, it will be shared with the appropriate team).
[email protected] (if you live in Crawley, Horsham, Burgess Hill, Cuckfield, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath)
[email protected] (if you live in Chichester, Bognor Regis, Midhurst, Petworth, Worthing, Steyning, Littlehampton, Angmering, Shoreham, Portslade and Hove)
Please note if you are a setting (for example a school) there is a different application form that you must complete. You can find more information on the Local Offer web page Settings applying for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA / EHCP) forms and paperwork
Questions & Answers about EHCNA and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
What should I do before I apply for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA?)
It is very important you discuss any intention to request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment with your educational provider before you make the application. They will be asked to provide information about you and how they currently meet your needs. Good practice dictates that applications of this type will be made jointly between the parent/carer or young person and their education provider.
Please also ensure you review the Guidance and Criteria for Requests for Education Health & Care Needs Assessments BEFORE you apply.
I need support to request for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Who can help me?
If you need help considering this document or help with an application you can contact Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support (SENDIAS) Service (an impartial information, advice and support service) on:
- Telephone:03302 228 555
- Email: [email protected].
The SENDIAS Service have produced a range of informative webinars on a range of topics. One of these is about the EHCNA Process. Watch the webinar on the SENDIAS Service website
After you apply:
Timescales: How long should an EHC Needs Assessment take?
What happens if I don’t agree with the outcomes for my child?
If there is anything that you are confused about or do not agree with, you can phone SENAT and speak to your Planning Coordinator. You can ask for a meeting to discuss your concerns if you think that would help.
You can also phone the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service for impartial advice on anything you don’t understand at any time. The SENDIAS provides information, advice and support for parents and, if needed, they will direct you to a separate organisation to support a young person.
For more information about the process following a request for and EHC needs assessment visit the West Sussex County Council website
- SEND Under 5s
- Frequently Asked Questions about Education, Health and Care Needs Requests/Assessments/Plans
- Post-16 SEND Travel Assistance to school/college and Post-19 arrangements for Young Adult Learners with an EHCP
- Annual Review Paperwork / Forms
- Advocacy and your voice within your EHCP
- Extension of Tribunal Powers
- Personal budgets
- Compliments, Complaints and Comments