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EHC Plan Reviews Awaiting Processing and Missing Annual Review Deadlines

Charlotte Cornell made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

I am writing to ask for the following data from the Education department relating to ECH Plans for children with Additional Education Needs in Kent.

As of 22nd November 2017 how many:

(a) EHC Plan Annual Reviews are awaiting processing?

(b) what are the numbers of (and percentage of total) existing (as of 22 November 2017) EHC plans have NOT been formally reviewed within the last calendar year?

(c) How many existing EHC plans (and percentage of total) have not received a review meeting within the last 24 months?

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte Cornell

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Cornell

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 20^th December 2017 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/2021 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards,

 

Peter Wylie | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone | Tel 03000
415563 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...

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Kent County Council

Dear Ms Cornell

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to ECH Plans. Please see the
response below.

 

(a)  EHC Plan Annual Reviews are awaiting processing?

This information is not centrally held by Kent County Council, Information
is recorded about individual pupils. Case management is undertaken by area
offices and individual members of staff are responsible for progressing,
tracking, recording relating to each individual child and young person. To
ascertain if this information is even held would take a manual check of
all files and then to extract and collate the relevant data would
certainly exceed the appropriate limit of £450 (18 hours @ £25 per hour),
so under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, we are not obliged
to deal with this element of your request.

 

(b) what are the numbers of (and percentage of total) existing (as of 22
November 2017) EHC plans have NOT been formally reviewed within the last
calendar year?

(c)  How many existing EHC plans (and percentage of total) have not
received a review meeting within the last 24 months?

It would require analysis of over 8,000 individual pupil files to extract
and collate the relevant data that has been requested would certainly
exceed the appropriate limit of £450 (18 hours @ £25 per hour), so under
section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, we are not obliged to deal
with this element of your request. We hope it is helpful to point out that
we have very recently introduced the new ICT system to support the
management of case files and as part of the implementation Management
Information reports are currently under development. Whilst the software
development is taking place we are unable to provide a County wide summary
data in the format that you have requested.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/17/2021.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Phone 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
|

 

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