Special Educational Needs and Disability Pathfinder Programme Evaluation: EHC plans

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Educational Rights Alliance (ERA)

Dear West Sussex County Council,

As one of five SEND pathfinder LAs who have been involved in the research conducted by SQW, and specifically relating to:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Pathfinder Programme Evaluation, Thematic Report: The Education, Health and Care (EHC) Planning Pathway for families that are new to the SEN system. Research report. January 2014,

Please could you provide the following information.

1.How much funding has been spent in West Sussex LA on parent engagement/participation since the pathfinder process began?
2.How have you obtained the views of parents/carers on the reforms? Please provide evidence of the methods used.
3.How have you recruited parents to trial EHC plans? For example, were families chosen by the Council or did you ask for volunteers? Please provide evidence.
4.Please provide copies of the information provided to parents relating to the EHC plan pilot.
5.What selection criteria were used to recruit pilot families to test EHC plans? Please provide a copy of the selection criteria.
6.How many children presently have EHC Plans in your LA?
7.How many of the children with EHC Plans also have statements of SEN?
8.Have any of the families who are trialling the EHC plans withdrawn from the pilot? If so, how many and what are the reasons for their withdrawal?
9.How have satisfaction levels of pilot families testing the EHC plans been measured and please provide data showing responses?
10.How many children have Direct Payments for SEN under the Special Educational Needs (Direct Payments) (Pilot Scheme) Order 2011 (SI 2012/206)? Please exclude those direct payments made for travel or social care which could have been provided without the Pathfinder pilot.
11.Please confirm what those Direct Payments for SEN are for.

Yours faithfully,

Educational Rights Alliance (ERA)

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Dear Sirs,

 

Further to your recent Freedom of Information request.  The Local
Authority response is set out below:

 

 

1.How much funding has been spent in West Sussex LA on parent
engagement/participation since the pathfinder process began?

 

We’ve provided £44k from the beginning of the Pathfinder to the current
time to West Sussex Parent Carer Forum. We will also be providing
financial support to the Forum from April to September 2014.

 

2.How have you obtained the views of parents/carers on the reforms? Please
provide evidence of the methods used.

 

This work has been led by West Sussex Parent Carer Forum using the
following methods:

·         Road shows have been held around the county at the beginning of
the pathfinder and will be followed up by a second round in May

·         Over 24,000 Leaflets on the reforms have been sent out to
parents via schools explaining the changes and inviting their involvement

·         Parent Conferences have been held ( and another planned for May)

·         The Forum responded to the consultation on the draft code of
practice giving parental views on the proposals

·         Informal sessions have been help with smaller groups of parents
eg those who have personal budgets, parents with children under 5

·         Feedback has also been received via Facebook and email

 

3.How have you recruited parents to trial EHC plans?  For example, were
families chosen by the Council or did you ask for volunteers? Please
provide evidence.

 

There have been two phases using different approaches to trialling the
co-ordinated assessment process in West Sussex.

 

Phase 1 – Consisted of pre-school children identified through our
multi-agency early years process in 2 areas in the County.  The parents
were offered the opportunity to become part of the pathfinder and have a
co-ordinated assessment instead of a statutory assessment

 

Phase 2 – This is a gradual approach to replacing statutory assessment
with a co-ordinated assessment across the County.  The first part involved
the coastal strip of West Sussex, known as Area B.  The co-ordinated
assessment was used when a statutory assessment would have been
initiated.  The same criteria used for identifying children for statutory
assessment was applied.  This will be extended across the whole of the
county over the course of this academic year

 

4.Please provide copies of the information provided to parents relating to
the EHC plan pilot.

 

The Pathfinder parent information is attached. 

 

5.What selection criteria were used to recruit pilot families to test EHC
plans? Please provide a copy of the selection criteria.

 

The same criteria as is currently used for statutory assessment has been
applied.  This can be found at the following link

 

[1]http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/default.asp...

 

 

6.How many children presently have EHC Plans in your LA?

 

As at 31/1/14 there were 67 completed plans (which includes 19 post 16). .

 

7.How many of the children with EHC Plans also have statements of SEN?

 

21 children out of the 29 who went through received an EHCP and a SSEN.

 

8.Have any of the families who are trialling the EHC plans withdrawn from
the pilot? If so, how many and what are the reasons for their withdrawal?

 

One family did not wish to be part of the Pathfinder process. Advised by
their solicitor that the EHCP would not have the legal status of a
statement and they requested to undergo usual SA processes and have a
statement or note-in-lieu issued.

 

9.How have satisfaction levels of pilot families testing the EHC plans
been measured and please provide data showing responses?

 

As a Pathfinder we’ve been part of the national evaluation work led by SQW
and the latest report is available on their website and we are also
working with In Control on the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET).
The first report will be available shortly (copy of the questionnaire and
covering letter attached)

 

10.How many children have Direct Payments for SEN under the Special
Educational Needs (Direct Payments) (Pilot Scheme) Order 2011 (SI
2012/206)? Please exclude those direct payments made for travel or social
care which could have been provided without the Pathfinder pilot.

 

8

 

11.Please confirm what those Direct Payments for SEN are for.

 

2 Personal Assistants for health requirements

1 Specialist equipment purchase

5 Personalised packages, including specialist transport and health
activities additional therapy.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Sue Bryan

 

 

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