Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Can you please provide me with the data for school aged children in the year 2023 to answer the questions below broken down by ages:

5-10 (Primary)
11-15/16 years (Secondary)

For questions 3 and 5, please use the below list to categorise the setting type:

• Mainstream - (This can be academy, Free or LA maintained)
• Grammar School
• Private Independent Mainstream (NOT special)
• Specialist Resource Base/Provision or SEN unit - If so, what is the primary area of need
• Special School (Academy, Free, LA maintained)
• Independent Special School (maintained or non-maintained)
• Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
• Alternative Provision
• Educated Otherwise than At School (EOTAS) - Section I is blank or states EOTAS
• Electively Home Educated (EHE)
• No placement available
• Other
• Don't know

Please provide the data as detailed above for the following 8 questions:

1. How many children have an EHCP?
2. How many children identified as autistic do not have an EHCP?
3. How many of these EHCPs identify ASD, ASC or Autism as a need or diagnosis?
4. For the EHCPs that have Autism (ASD/ASC) identified, what is the type of educational setting they attend (type of school named in Section I).
5. For the EHCPs that have Autism (ASD/ASC) identified, how many mention that a child has demand avoidance, identifiable by any of the following terms being used in any section of the EHCP:

○ Demand Avoidance
○ Pathological Demand Avoidance
○ PDA
○ Extreme demand avoidance.
○ Avoids everyday demands or activities

6. For these EHCPs that have demand avoidance mentioned, what is type of educational setting they attend (type of school named in Section I). Please use the above list to categorise setting type

7. Does your LA use the term 'Pathological Demand Avoidance' or 'PDA' or 'autism with a demand avoidant profile' in EHCPs if provided in a professional report?

8. If these terms in question 7 are not used, what is the reason for this?

Yours faithfully,

Amelia Green

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Green

 

Request for Information RFI-8012-23 Re: Autistic children and school
placement type

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Autistic children
and school placement type which was received on 16 December 2023.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why.

If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Fakhara Qanwal

Assistant Assurance Officer

Walsall Council 

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Dear Ms Green,

 

Request for Information RFI-8012-23 Re: Autistic children and school
placement type

 

Further to your request for information Autistic children and school
placement type , received on 16 December 2023, I am writing to ask for
some further clarification of some aspects of your request.

 

In order for us to process your request as fully as possible could you
please provide the following information:

 

Can you clarify what date you would like to base this data on – if we
provide this data as at the 18^th December 2023 would that be sufficient?

 

The Freedom of information Act 2000 allows the council 20 working days in
which to respond to requests.  However, this “clock” stops should we need
to seek clarification in order to locate or identify relevant
information. 

 

As such, your request is now on hold until we receive the clarification
requested.

If you wish to proceed with this request please send your clarification to
us, quoting the above reference number.

 

Please note that if we have not received your clarification within 15
working days we will close your request.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Fahmida Maknun

 Assurance Officer

Walsall Council 

0800 0856018

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Thank you for requesting clarification - It is fine to provide the data as of a specific date in 2023, such as 18th December or 31st December.
If Walsall can only identify EHCPs where Autism (ASD/ASC) is the primary need so data is provided on this only, that is also accepted.
I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Amelia Green

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Green,

 

Request for Information RFI-8012-23 Re:Autistic children and school
placement type

 

I write to acknowledge and apologise for the delay in responding to your
request relating to Autistic children and school placement type. As you
know, the council is required to respond to all requests for information
under the Freedom of Information Act within 20 working days, unless a
‘qualified exception’ applies that requires the consideration of the
Public Interest.

 

Walsall Council takes its obligations under this legislation extremely
seriously and I am sorry that in this case we have not met this timescale.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to assure you of our best
intentions in this regard. I can confirm that a full reply to your request
will be sent to you on or before 25 January 2024.

 

If you have any queries in regard to this process, please do not hesitate
to contact us.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Fahmida Maknun

Assurance Officer

Walsall Council 

0800 0856018

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Dear Ms Green,

 

Request for Information RFI-8012-23 Re:Autistic children and school
placement type

 

I write to acknowledge and apologise for the delay in responding to your
request relating to Autistic children and school placement type. As you
know, the council is required to respond to all requests for information
under the Freedom of Information Act within 20 working days, unless a
‘qualified exception’ applies that requires the consideration of the
Public Interest.

 

Walsall Council takes its obligations under this legislation extremely
seriously and I am sorry that in this case we have not met this timescale.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to assure you of our best
intentions in this regard. We are working to issue you a full response as
soon as possible. 

If you have any queries in regard to this process, please do not hesitate
to contact us.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Fahmida Maknun

Assurance Officer

Walsall Council 

0800 0856018

[1]www.walsall.gov.uk 

 

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From: [email address]
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2024 2:19 PM
To: [FOI #1061103 email]
Subject: RFI-8012-23 Delay Notification

 

Dear Ms Green,

 

Request for Information RFI-8012-23 Re:Autistic children and school
placement type

 

I write to acknowledge and apologise for the delay in responding to your
request relating to Autistic children and school placement type. As you
know, the council is required to respond to all requests for information
under the Freedom of Information Act within 20 working days, unless a
‘qualified exception’ applies that requires the consideration of the
Public Interest.

 

Walsall Council takes its obligations under this legislation extremely
seriously and I am sorry that in this case we have not met this timescale.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to assure you of our best
intentions in this regard. I can confirm that a full reply to your request
will be sent to you on or before 25 January 2024.

 

If you have any queries in regard to this process, please do not hesitate
to contact us.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Fahmida Maknun

Assurance Officer

Walsall Council 

0800 0856018

[3]www.walsall.gov.uk 

 

[4]Walsall Council, Proud of our past, our present and for our future 

 

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

By law, this FOI should have received a response on or before 18th January.
Please can this be addressed.

Yours faithfully,

Amelia Green

Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Autistic children and school placement type'.

The request was made on 16th December and acknowledged on 18th December with reference RFI-8012-23 assigned.

Please address this.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Amelia Green

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Green,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-8012-23 Re: Autistic children and
school placement type

 

Further to your request for information about Autistic children and school
placement type, I can tell you the following:

 

 

Specific date used to collate this data is 31st December 2023.

 

 

1.   How many children have an EHCP?

 

5-10 (Primary) – 1376

 

11-15/16 years (Secondary) – 1711

 

 

2.   How many children identified as autistic do not have an EHCP?

 

Using SEN support data, where we have an identified primary need as ASD,
as at 31^st December 2023:

 

5-10 (Primary) – 43 children with SEN support and no EHCP with ASD primary
need.

 

11-15/16 years (Secondary) – 189 children with SEN support and no EHCP
with ASD primary need.

 

 

3.   How many of these EHCPs identify ASD, ASC or Autism as a need or
diagnosis?

 

5-10 (Primary) – 178 have ASD as a primary need.

 

11-15/16 years (Secondary) – 405 have ASD as a primary need.

 

 

 

4.   For the EHCPs that have Autism (ASD/ASC) identified, what is the type
of educational setting they attend (type of school named in Section I).

 

5-10 (Primary) – 178 have ASD as a primary need, setting type breakdown:

 

┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┬──────────┐
│Setting Type │ Count │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Mainstream (academy, Free or LA maintained) │ 92 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Special School (Academy, Free, LA maintained) │ 74 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Electively Home Educated (EHE) │ 8 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Independent Special School (maintained or non-maintained) │ 2 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Other │ 2 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Total │ 178 │
└─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┴──────────┘

 

11-15/16 years (Secondary) – 405 have ASD as a primary need, setting type
breakdown:

 

┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┬──────────┐
│Setting Type │ Count │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Mainstream (academy, Free or LA maintained) │ 125 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Special School (Academy, Free, LA maintained) │ 154 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Independent Special School (maintained or non-maintained) │ 51 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) │ 24 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Educated Otherwise than At School (EOTAS) │ 14 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Other │ 30 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Electively Home Educated (EHE) │ 7 │
├─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┼──────────┤
│Total │ 405 │
└─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┴──────────┘

 

 

5. For the EHCPs that have Autism (ASD/ASC) identified, how many mention
that a child has demand avoidance, identifiable by any of the following
terms being used in any section of the EHCP:

 

○ Demand Avoidance

                ○ Pathological Demand Avoidance

                ○ PDA

                ○ Extreme demand avoidance.

                ○ Avoids everyday demands or activities

We have reviewed your request and consider that we are not able to confirm
whether the council holds this information as to do so we would have to
manually go through all cases and read if they relate to your query. The
data you have asked for is not recorded at the time and it is not
specified that ASD/ASC should be a primary need it would involve reading
section B in approximately 4500 EHCP’s. It would take 22500 minutes to
check every section B of the 4500 EHCP’s in Walsall based on 5 minutes per
plan which includes time to locate the plan finding section B and reading
section B and the administration after recording the result. 

Therefore, it would exceed the appropriate limit specified in the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004. For the council, this limit is currently set at £450.
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the council holds the information and then locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 sets out that were the
council considers that the appropriate limit is likely to be exceeded it
is not obliged to respond to the request. As a result, we will not be
processing your request further as it is refused.

I would however like to inform you that, if you refine the scope,
depending on the nature and extent of your revised request, the council
may be able to provide the information free of charge if, it estimates
that responding to the revised request would be possible within the
appropriate limit. 

 

6.For these EHCPs that have demand avoidance mentioned, what is type of
educational setting they attend (type of school named in Section I).
Please use the above list to categorise setting type

We have reviewed your request and consider that we are not able to confirm
whether the council holds this information as to do so we would have to
manually go through all cases and read if they relate to your query. The
data you have asked for is not recorded at the time and it is not
specified that ASD/ASC should be a primary need it would involve reading
section B in approximately 4500 EHCP’s. It would take 22500 minutes to
check every section B of the 4500 EHCP’s in Walsall based on 5 minutes per
plan which includes time to locate the plan finding section B and reading
section B and the administration after recording the result. 

Therefore, it would exceed the appropriate limit specified in the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004. For the council, this limit is currently set at £450.
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in
determining whether the council holds the information and then locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 sets out that were the
council considers that the appropriate limit is likely to be exceeded it
is not obliged to respond to the request. As a result, we will not be
processing your request further as it is refused.

I would however like to inform you that, if you refine the scope,
depending on the nature and extent of your revised request, the council
may be able to provide the information free of charge if, it estimates
that responding to the revised request would be possible within the
appropriate limit. 

 

7.Does your LA use the term 'Pathological Demand Avoidance' or 'PDA' or
'autism with a demand avoidant profile' in EHCPs if provided in a
professional report?

 

Pathological Demand Avoidance or autism with a demand avoidant profile as
defined by the professional making the judgement.

 

8. If these terms in question 7 are not used, what is the reason for this?

N/A

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Yours sincerely,

Fahmida Maknun

 Assurance Officer

Walsall Council 

0800 0856018

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