Requirements to provide Health Advice within six weeks

To develop high quality EHC Plans that integrate provision across service boundaries, local areas need a clear, transparent process for undertaking EHC Needs assessments, developed in partnership with parents, young people and professionals.

This needs to include agreement as to how local authorities will secure health advice from relevant health professionals in relation to a child or young person to inform their EHC Needs Assessment. This should be a process agreed with local health commissioners and key health services, as any unilateral approach by the local authority is unlikely to be effective and could lead to unnecessary requests or requests going to the wrong people.