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On this page you can find out what happens when we assess your child for an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

The whole process, from the time you ask for an assessment to the time we complete the plan (if your child needs one), takes 20 weeks.

The assessment is all about collecting information, which involves you, your child and the professionals who work with your child.

We will arrange for you and your child to have a 'family supporter'. The family supporter:

  • explains the assessment and how it works
  • offers practical and emotional support through the assessment
  • explains the Local Offer

Your family supporter will meet you and your child. At this meeting you will talk about the assessment, and he or she will help you fill in the 'All about me' part of the assessment.

All the professionals involved with your child will write reports about him or her for the assessment, which they must do within six weeks.

Download an example 'All about me' report.pdf (136 KB)

Once we receive all the information, our special educational needs (SEN) officer will meet you and together you will prepare the EHC plan. This is the plan you will discuss at the EHC plan meeting.

The EHC plan meeting Click to get info

When we decide whether your child needs a plan we will look at all the information collected from you, your child and professionals working with your child. We do this at an EHC plan meeting.

You will be asked to come to this meeting.

We will make the decision at the meeting, talk about it with you and then write to you to confirm it. If your child does not need a plan we will also include in that letter information about how to appeal our decision if you are unhappy with it.

If your child needs a plan, you will move to step 4: my plan.

If your child does not need a plan, his or her needs will continue to be met at step 1: SEND support, where his or her school or nursery will look again at the kinds of support that will best help your child.

The nursery or school may change the support, involve other services through the Local Offer or ask for extra help from us.

You can find out more about appeals on our appeals and complaints page.

Contact Click to get info

SEN Team
First floor Wood Street Health Centre
Linford Road 
Walthamstow 
E17 3LA

Tel: 020 8496 6505 / 6503
Email: senteam@walthamforest.gov.uk