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Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments

What is an EHC Needs Assessment?

Most children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) will have their needs met in local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges. Every educational setting in Wiltshire must provide high quality teaching that is personalised and age appropriate for all children and young people, including those with SEND.

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 emphasises the need for a graduated approach to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND through early and relevant intervention.

 This means that the education setting will follow a series of 'assess, plan, do, review' cycles using their own resources. The educational setting will keep records of the support delivered, using documents such as a 'SEND Support Plan'.

If the child or young person under 25 has still not made expected progress, then a request for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment may be considered. This will help the local authority decide if it is necessary to provide support using an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Update from the SEND Service October 2023

0 - 25 SEND new ways of working

From 1 October 2023 we are making some changes to the way we provide our SEND service which we believe will help improve how we work with you.

We're making the changes after feedback received from families, carers and others using the service as well as our own self-evaluation for how we can most effectively support and communicate with you and provide advice in a timely manner. We have listened to how important it is for children and young people to have an allocated lead worker in Wiltshire, as well as clear communications, whilst ensuring the SEND team are as accessible as possible. 

We will be introducing four geographical teams (North, East, South and West) as well as maintaining a dedicated Assessment team, and Preparation for Adulthood team/Post 16. 

For more information visit: 

Contacting the Wiltshire SEND team

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