Advice for when choosing schools

Short breaks provide fun, leisure and social activities for children and young people with addition needs and disabilities outside the school day. This enables them to try new experiences, learn new skills, develop confidence and have fun!

Frequently Asked Questions about Education, Health and Care Needs Requests/Assessments/Plans


(Q) What is an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) (A) An EHC Plan describes your child’s special educational needs (SEN), and the help they will get to meet them. An EHC plan also includes any health and care provision that is needed. It is a legal document written by the local authority and is intended to ensure that children and young people with an EHC plan receive the support they need.

EHC plans replaced Statements of Special Educational Need and Section 139 Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) on 1 September 2014. All existing statements of Special Educational Needs prior to 1st September 2014 will be transferred to EHCPs by 1st April 2018.

EHC plans are for children and young people who need more support than their school or other setting can provide. The plans can start from a child’s birth and continue into further education and training.

The SEND Code of Practice says:

The purpose of an EHC plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood. (9.2)

Eligibility criteria for Short Breaks:

Reside in West Sussex;


Have additional needs and/or disability; and


Receipt of middle or high care components of DLA or PIP


How many Short Breaks can my child have?

There’s no limit to the number of Short Breaks your child/young person can take part in. You can mix and match to meet the individual needs of the child/young person and their family.

Co-production/co-design/responding to needs:

In commissioning services for children and young people in West Sussex we aim to respond to the local needs of children and young people.

  • Consultation events and surveys in 2015 which shaped commissioning intentions (services)
  • Short survey in late 2016
  • Steering Group established that included parent representatives and a young wheelchair user
  • Two parent representatives sit on the awards panel
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