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Requesting a Statutory Education, Health and Care Assessment

A parent/carer, a young person in their own right, or any professional working with a child, young person or family can make a referral for an EHC Statutory Assessment, however it is usually expected that the following will apply:

  1. The child or young person has severe and/or complex long term needs that affect everyday life and functioning
  2. The child/ young person requires provision and resources that are not normally available
  3. Intensive help and support is required from more than one agency
  4. There is evidence of a graduated response from the school and other agencies involved in supporting the child/ young person
  5. Despite high levels of support, the child/ young person is making limited or no progress.

If all other levels of support have been accessed by partners but the child/young person’s education is still being affected, then a referral for a statutory EHC Assessment can be made by contacting:

 Integrated Children's Disability Service Assessment Team


Tel: 0115 8041275

NCC accessible standard information:

Telephone: 0300 500 80 80
CSC minicom: 01623 434993
We are open Monday - Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday's 8:00am - 12 noon.


Integrated Children’s Disability Service- Assessment Team

Updated Education, Health & Care (EHC) Needs Assessment Request Process

Following the feedback we have received since September 2016 from families and professionals who have told us that the impact of the increased demand for EHC needs assessments requests has had a knock on effect on the number of professional reports being requested, which has then impacted on our ability to meet timelines and give families a response in a timely way, we have been exploring how we can improve the current process.

With a view to making the process more streamlined we have now introduced a new EHC Guidance and Checklist booklet for parent/carers to complete with their child, young person’s Education placement/link when considering requesting an EHC needs assessment. This will then be used as part of the request for an EHC needs assessment (see downloads on the right side of the page).

This will ensure that the local authority receives all of the information needed to make a fully informed decision as to whether or not to proceed with an EHC needs assessment at a much earlier stage. We are then able to give a decision earlier on in the 20 week process as to whether or not we are progressing an EHC needs assessment and where a statutory plan is issued this will give us more time to get this right for the child, young person. This process is in-line with what many of our neighbouring local authorities have in place currently and is reported to be working well.



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