The Education, Health and Care assessment and plan replaces the statutory assessment and statement of special educational needs (SEN) process.
The Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan puts you (children, young people and families) at the centre of the assessment and planning process, to make sure that your views are heard and understood. This is called person centred planning and is all about increasing your choice and control.
An EHC assessment looks at life beyond education and brings different services together. This focuses on what is important for children and young people.
The EHC assessment and planning process focuses on agreeing individual outcomes. The support to achieve these outcomes will be tailored to each child or young person's needs.
This could include helping families to make best use of support available - from services, from the local community, or provided by statutory services where applicable.
South Tyneside Council is responsible for making sure that assessments are effectively co-ordinated.