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Education, Health and Care Planning Team - EHCP Team

1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 0208 820 7000 / option 4


Corona virus Team updates

The EHC Planning Team continues to be operational and individual plan coordinators can be contacted by settings, services and parents.

New applications can be made and will be dealt with inline with existing legislation and the recent changes made to the process. 

Contact with the team can also be made through SEND Buisiness Support. 

Phone: 0208 820 7000 / option 4


Changes to the law on education, health and care needs aassessments and plans due to Corona virus

The Secretary of State for Education has issued a notice to modify section 42 (SEND Education, Health and Care Plans) of the Children and Families Act 2014 from 1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020. The notice modifies the duty on local authorities to secure special educational provision and on health commissioning bodies to arrange health provision in accordance with EHC plans, so that they can discharge this by using their ‘reasonable endeavours’.

joint ministerial letter about these temporary changes has been issued (30th April) addressed to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families

The guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is available here: Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus

Documentation relating to EHC Assessments and Plans can be found here: 

Who we are...

The Education, Health and care Planning team (EHCP team) are responsible for the statutory assessments of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

EHC plans are issued for children whose additional needs are complex enough to require support from the local authority as well as the support that can be provided by their school.

What we do...

The team works by assigning coordinators to three areas across the borough:

  • North Hackney
  • Central Hackney
  • South Hackney

Each Area Team has an EHC Area Coordinator and EHC Plan Coordinators who work on individual children’s cases. 

Cases are allocated according to the school or education setting that the child attends.

Arrangements are made for children and young people who attend provision outside the borough.

The EHCP team can help with queries regarding:

  • the process of applying for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment or
  • reviewing an EHC Plan for children and young people aged 0 to 25

To find out more about the EHCP Team click on the wiki below:

EHCP Team wiki image

Record Last Updated on: 13/05/2020

Other Details

Referral required?


What to do if you have a complaint

In the first instance please contact your named plan coordinator to discuss your concerns. 

If this does not resolve the issue a senior member of staff from the team can speak with you to try to address your concerns. 

Alternatively please use Hackney Council - Complaints procedures

Phone: 020 8356 3770

Can parents & young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?


How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

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Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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