Dear Derbyshire County Council,

Department for Education recently published guidelines for Local Authorities on Elective Home Education here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Paragraph 4.4 states that "Some local authorities already actively encourage referrals from doctors and hospitals of children whom there is reason to think may be home educated.” DfE cannot tell me which Local Authorities have such agreements in place already.

Under FOIA, please could you state if you have any such data sharing agreements with medical bodies on home education or if you ”actively encourage referrals”? If so, please may I have a copy of the agreement or similar materials.

Also, please could you supply any correspondence you have had with Department for Education on the above guidelines? If this would exceed the cost limit, then please only answer the above part.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Brown

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Brown,

I refer to your request for Information received on 25 May 2019.

We will be dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being 24 June 2019. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

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Tony Smith (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Mr Brown,

 

Thank you for your information request dated 25 May 2019. I can confirm
that we do hold the requested information. The request has been considered
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The response to your request
is as follows:

 

Your request asks about contact re children not attending school. This may
mean that the children are electively home educated or it may mean that
they are registered and not attending a school. It may also mean that they
are attending other provision – which may be regarded as an unregistered
setting.

 

With regards to contact from a range of health services – we accept this
and will endeavour to establish the child’s education arrangements if they
are not already known. With parents’ consent, we can and do share
information with others, such as health. Where the suitability of the home
education may be affected by health needs, we do need to take these into
consideration.

 

We do not have any specific agreements with medical bodies.

 

We have not had any contact with DfE about the guidelines.

 

 

I hope this now deals with your request for information. However should
you wish the outcome to be reviewed, please follow the procedure as set
out below;

 

Stage 1:

In the first instance, please send in your comments, and wherever
possible, a copy of your request and the covering letter enclosing the
information or refusing your request to:

 

Access to Information Solicitor

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

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Kind regards

 

 

Tony Smith

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From: Andrew Brown [[8]mailto:[FOI #578868 email]]

Sent: 25 May 2019 10:48

To: Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy)
<[9][email address]>

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Data Sharing on Elective Home
Education

 

Dear Derbyshire County Council,

 

Department for Education recently published guidelines for Local
Authorities on Elective Home Education here:
[10]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

Paragraph 4.4 states that "Some local authorities already actively
encourage referrals from doctors and hospitals of children whom there is
reason to think may be home educated.” DfE cannot tell me which Local
Authorities have such agreements in place already.

 

Under FOIA, please could you state if you have any such data sharing
agreements with medical bodies on home education or if you ”actively
encourage referrals”? If so, please may I have a copy of the agreement or
similar materials.

 

Also, please could you supply any correspondence you have had with
Department for Education on the above guidelines? If this would exceed the
cost limit, then please only answer the above part.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Andrew Brown

 

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