Council funded ABA Programmes

Dr Syed made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Please can you tell me how many children are receiving any Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) provision - whether it is provided in an ABA home programme, in an ABA primary or secondary special school, or alongside mainstream school at any age in a part-time home/school programme.
Please can you then tell me how many of them had Applied Behavioural Analysis due to a tribunal order and how many receive this without a tribunal. If without a tribunal, had parents initiated legal action but reached settlement with you for ABA before tribunal took place?
Please can you forward me any policy documents that are associated with the awarding of any Applied Behavioural Analysis provision and demonstrate how the decision is made.
Finally, please can you explain your rationale for awarding Applied Behavioural Analysis without tribunal orders. Are your criteria for awarding ABA laid out on your SEND Local Offer page?

Yours faithfully,

Dr Syed

Staffordshire County Council

Dear Dr Syed,
 
Thank you for your request for information received by Staffordshire
County Council on 09/03/2020.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.
 
If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact us.
Please remember to quote the case reference number above in any future
communications.
Yours sincerely,
 
Access Team

Portch, David (Corporate), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Dr Syed

Thank you for your request for information held by Staffordshire County Council.

Please can you tell me how many children are receiving any Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) provision - whether it is provided in an ABA home programme, in an ABA primary or secondary special school, or alongside mainstream school at any age in a part-time home/school programme. Please can you then tell me how many of them had Applied Behavioural Analysis due to a tribunal order and how many receive this without a tribunal. If without a tribunal, had parents initiated legal action but reached settlement with you for ABA before tribunal took place?

The number of children receiving ABA provision is not held in an electronically extractable format. Over 5000 children and young people in Staffordshire, for example, currently have an EHC Plan and as a result any manual file trawl would exceed the 'appropriate limit.

With regards to the number of tribunals held in relation to ABA, again, this is not held in an extractable format and would require a manual trawl through our records which would exceed the appropriate limit. However, to the best knowledge of the SEND tribunal service, no ABA has been ordered as part of a tribunal although it has been agreed in a few cases before the tribunal hearing.

Unfortunately, we are therefore unable to process this part of your request within ‘the appropriate limit’ as this information is not recorded centrally. We estimate that it will take us in excess of 18 hours to locate, identify, extract and collate the information from the individual site/case records.

Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for Staffordshire County Council is set at £450/18 hours. Therefore, your request will not be processed further.

Unfortunately because of the way records are arranged for our business purposes we are unable to suggest a way of limiting your request in a way that would bring a request within the appropriate limit and provide meaningful data.

Please can you forward me any policy documents that are associated with the awarding of any Applied Behavioural Analysis provision and demonstrate how the decision is made.
Finally, please can you explain your rationale for awarding Applied Behavioural Analysis without tribunal orders. Are your criteria for awarding ABA laid out on your SEND Local Offer page?

There are no specific policy documents that explain the rationale of awarding any ABA provisions (Information not held) and as a result the criteria is not laid out on our SEND Local Offer page. Further details on the SEND local offer is available on online - www.staffordshireconnects.info

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Regards
  
David Portch

Access Team
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

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