This section must specify any identified health needs your child has, which relate to their Special Educational Needs (SEN). Some basic health care needs, such as routine dental needs are unlikely to be considered as ‘related to SEN’.
The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) may choose to specify non-related long-term health needs because that need may require managing in school (1).
When the Needs Assessment is being carried out, medical advice and information must be sought by the local authority (LA) from a health care professional identified by the responsible commissioning body.
If the healthcare provision ‘educates or trains’, the description of ‘need’ goes into section B of the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, rather than in section C (2).
You need to consider:
- whether or not your child has health needs which are linked to their SEN then,
- if those needs ‘educate or train’
- A child has a moderate learning disability and remains incontinent past a ‘typical’ age. This is likely to be linked to their SEN. Provision of toilet training is ‘education or training’
- A child has a significant hearing impairment and unclear speech. This is a ‘SEN’ and provision of speech therapy would be ‘education or training’
- A child has hayfever and needs some medication in the spring & summer months. This is not a SEN
- A child is short-sighted and wears glasses, which corrects their vision. This would be considered ‘routine needs’
‘Health’ may decide to list other non-SEN health needs, which may need managing in a school. This could be something like asthma, eczema or a heart condition.
Because a lot of health terms are quite technical, it would be useful to have a short explanation of what it means in simple terms. An EHC plan must be understood by a range of people, most will not be health professionals!
1 Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015, s9.69
2 Children and Families Act 2014, s21(5)