The EHC2 form is a way for you to tell the council about your child and their SEND. The council will use this and further information from the school or setting to make their decision about whether to assess a child or not.

It’s important that they fully understand what support you think your child needs. It might be useful to include a brief timeline or history of when you first started to think that your child had any additional needs.

Below you can read the questions found on an EHC2 form, so you know what to expect:

  • What do people like and admire about your child?

    Here you should think about any positive comments that people make about them, or what positive qualities you feel they have?

  • What is important to your child?

    This is what your child would say if you asked them what was important to them. It may include things such as people they like, topics that they like, games they like, what they might want to do in the future, and places that they like to go.

  • What is important for your child?

    This is where you can tell the council about your concerns that have led to you wanting the EHC needs assessment. Think about what you feel is important for them in the following areas, what needs are you seeing? Can you think of any support, equipment or strategies that they might they need to help manage them?

    Communication and Interaction Think about what difficulties they have understanding others or letting you know what they need.

    Cognition and learning Think about what areas they struggle with, what type of learning environment they prefer and do they respond better to information in a particular format such as written down, verbally or in picture form.

    Social emotional and Mental Health Are they able to make and maintain friendships? Think about how they behave at home, at school and in other settings – does it change depending on where they are and what they are doing?

    Physical and or Sensory Needs Can they use equipment independently or do they need support? Do they have any motor skill difficulties such as with writing, holding pens, holding scissors, tying shoe laces? Can they dress and undress independently? Are they able to use the toilet independently? Can they eat their lunch independently and use cutlery? Are they sensitive to light, sounds, foods, different environments, crowds? Do they need to fidget or move about?

    Independence and Self Care Are they able to care for themselves? Do they understand concepts such as road safety, using money, time, and stranger danger? Are they able to get themselves dressed, cook, and look after their personal hygiene?

  • What things are working well for your child?

    Think about what has a positive impact on their social, emotional and academic development. Is there any support already in place that they are responding well to?

  • What things are not working so well for your child?

    Think about why they may not be making progress or are feeling unhappy at school? Has anything been put in place at school to support them? Was something going to be put in place but then wasn’t?

  • What other information needs to be known for your child to be happy, healthy and safe?

    Think about things such as road safety, ability to travel safely, social awareness and expectations for behaviour and stranger danger. Can they keep themselves safe or do they rely heavily on adult supervision and support?

    Are they feeling happy? If not what do they want or need to be different for them? Think about their mood swings and reactions to new situations, do they shout and scream?

    Are there any health or medical needs? Think about any medications, aids, sessions or appointments that they have with any specialists.

  • What are your aspirations for the child’s future?

    What do you want for them in the future? You might think about things such as employment or training, independence, social goals and their overall wellbeing.