SEND School Provision and Education Health Care Plans (EHCP)
Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support is available at every stage of education. This can be identified in the early years setting and follow the young person through every stage of their education.
If your child’s school or setting can't meet your child's needs using the support they usually offer to children who need extra help, the County Council may carry out a needs assessment for your child. This is called an Education Health and Care Assessment or EHC assessment. When your child's needs have been assessed a plan for meeting them may be drawn up. This plan is called an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – WCF Educational Psychology Service capacity
The WCF Educational Psychology Service
The Educational Psychology Service is currently experiencing significant capacity issues due to a national shortage of Educational Psychologists.
Whilst the Service is working hard to secure additional psychology support there remains a backlog in the allocation of Psychologists for new EHC Need Assessments.
There is currently a delay of between 4 to 6 weeks in the allocation of new Educational Psychology Assessments which means that it is likely that your child’s assessment will not take place during the statutory advice giving period. Once an Educational Psychologist has been allocated to provide an advice for a child they then have 6 weeks in which to carry out their assessment and to provide the SEND Service with their report.
Further information and advice on SEND and EHCPs
Download: Guide to the Belonging Regulations (PDF)
Worcestershire County Council: Disabilities
Worcestershire County Council: Exclusions from school
Worcestershire County Council: SEND Code of Practice
Worcestershire County Council: SEN support information
Worcestershire County Council: The Local Offer
EHC Assessment Requests
You can contact Worcestershire County Council in any of these ways:
Call the SEND Services Helpline on 01905 845579
Email SEND Services on SEN@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk
Write to SEND Services at the following address:
The Administrative Officer
SEND and Vulnerable Learners
Worcestershire Children First