Questionnaire DfE Research EHCP Process Summer 2016

The Department for Education is undertaking a large scale survey of families with Education, Health and Care plans (EHC plans) this summer (2016) .

Families with EHCPs obtained between January and December 2015 are being sampled for this study. If you are someone who doesn’t like surprises, you can preview the questions below.

I have taken this information from DfE’s July Newsletter which is available  via this link 

The survey is being carried out by IFF Research and Derby University. The questionnaire was piloted in April and May 2015 and the same questions will be used for the large scale survey. I have extracted the questions and reproduced them below.

Special Needs Jungle explains what is happening at the end of July 2016.

QUESTIONS

Q.1 Who is answering this questionnaire?
The parent or carer on behalf of the young person
You, the young person the EHCP was created for
You, the young person, together with your parent or carer
Q.3 Did your child have a statement of special educational needs before they had an EHCP?
Q.4 How did the process of getting an EHCP start?
I made a request to my child’s school
I made a request to my local authority
I made a request to a health professional (e.g. health visitor, GP)
My child made a request to the school, local authority or a health professional (e.g. health visitor, GP)
My local authority approached me/my family about getting an EHCP
My child’s school approached me/my family about getting an EHCP
A health professional (e.g. health visitor, GP) approached my local authority about getting an EHCP
Q.5 Was this your first attempt to get an EHCP?
Q.6 Were you told there was someone you could go to if you needed information advice or support during the process of getting an EHCP?
Q.7 Did you receive any information, advice or support during the process of getting an EHCP?
Q.8 Which of these have you heard of and which have you used during the process of getting an EHCP? (Multi code question for sources of support heard of/used)
The Local Offer
Someone from the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
The local Independent Supporter Service
Q.9 To what extent did the following happen during the process of getting an EHCP? (Multi code question)
a. Your and your family’s personal needs and circumstances were taken into account in the process
b. Different services (i.e. education, health and care services) worked together to make the EHCP
c. Communication about the EHCP was clear throughout the process
d. Steps were taken to help your child understand what took place and why
e. The staff you were dealing with were knowledgeable about the process
f. The time and work that you had to put into getting an EHCP was reasonable
Q.10 How long did the whole process take? (This is from the point at which the EHCP was requested, up to getting the EHCP agreed).
Q.11a How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the EHCP?
You understand what your child’s EHCP is for
Q.11b How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the EHCP?
Your child’s EHCP is easy for you to understand
Q.12a How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the EHCP?
Your wishes and opinions were included in the EHCP
Q.12b How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the EHCP?
Your child’s wishes and opinions were included in the EHCP
Q12c How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your EHCP?
The EHCP includes preparations for your child’s next move in life (e.g. to secondary school, college, apprenticeship or work)
Q.13 Have you been told how the EHCP will be reviewed?
Q.14 A Personal Budget is funding given to people with support needs (or to their carers) to give them more control over how their care and support is provided. Were you given the option of having a Personal Budget?
Q.15 Did you take up this Personal Budget?
Q.16a How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP has already made?
The EHCP has led to your child getting the help/support they need
Q.16b How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP has already made?
The help/support in the EHCP has improved your child’s experience of education
Q.16c How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP has already made?
The help/support in the EHCP has improved your child’s health or wellbeing
Q.16d How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP has already made?
The help/support in the EHCP has helped you and your family to have the life you want to lead
Q.17 How much do you agree or disagree that the help/support described in the EHCP will achieve the outcomes you have agreed? (Outcomes are benefits or differences you are hoping to achieve).
Q.18a How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP is likely to make in future?
You think the EHCP will help to improve your child’s chances of living independently in adult life
Q.18b How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP is likely to make in future?
You think the EHCP will help to improve your child’s chances of fully participating in the wider community
Q.18c How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP is likely to make in future?
You think the EHCP will help to improve your child’s chance of getting (paid or unpaid) work
Q.18d How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about what difference the EHCP is likely to make in future?
You think the EHCP will help your child to identify their aspirations for the future
Q.19 Were you informed by the Local Authority about the complaints and appeals procedures that you could use if you were unhappy with any part of the process?
Q.20 Below are some ways of complaining or appealing, which of these were you told about and which have you used, if any, during the process of getting an EHCP?
The process for making a complaint
The Mediation Service
The process for appealing to a Tribunal
Q.21a (PC)/Q.24a (YP): How easy or difficult was it to…?
Start the process of getting an EHCP
Q.21b How easy or difficult was it to…?
Be involved in the overall process of getting an EHCP
Q.21c How easy or difficult was it to…?
Agree on the needs and support described in the EHCP
Q.22 Overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the whole experience of getting the EHCP?
Section H
Q.25 Please let us know who has answered this section.
Q.26a Did the following happen when you were taking part in the process of getting your EHCP?
You were included in meetings
Q.26b Did the following happen when you were taking part in the process of getting your EHCP?
You were asked if you wanted to take part in meetings
Q.26c Did the following happen when you were taking part in the process of getting your EHCP?
You were given choices about how to take part (e.g. attending in person, using a video, or online such as by Skype)
Q.26d Did the following happen when you were taking part in the process of getting your EHCP?
People made an effort to listen to and understand your opinions
Q.27a And did the following things happen when you were taking part in the process of getting your EHCP?
You were offered support from someone, to help you make your views known (an ‘advocate’ or supporter)
Q.27b And did the following things happen when you were taking part in the process of getting your EHCP?
Communication aids were used (e.g. electronic devices, picture communications (PECS), sign language)
Q.27c And did the following things happen when you were taking part in the process of getting your EHCP?
Q.28 Overall, how much do you agree or disagree that taking part in getting your EHCP was a positive experience for you?
Q29a How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your EHCP?
[Child or young person] understands what the EHCP is for
Q29b How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your EHCP?
Your EHCP is easy for you to understand
Q29c How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your EHCP?
Your wishes and opinions were included in the EHCP
Q.30 Overall, how much do you agree or disagree that the help and support included in the EHCP will help you achieve what you want to in life?
Q.33 What is your child’s gender?
Q.34 Which of the following best describes your child’s ethnic background?
Q.36 Does your child have special educational needs in any of the following areas?
Q.37 Which of the following types of needs are covered by your child’s EHCP? (Multi
Q.38 What type of school, college, or other educational setting is your child attending now?
Q.39 Is this school, college, or other educational setting your child is attending…
Q.40 Do you consider yourself to have a learning difficulty or disability?
Q.41 Are you the parent or carer of another dependent child or young person aged 0-25 years with a special educational need?
Q.42 The Department for Education may conduct follow up research about EHCPs. Would you be willing to take part in this follow up
Q.44 Do you give permission for your answers to be linked to other information the Department for Education uses?

NB THERE IS SEPARATE RESEARCH BEING CARRIED OUT BY WARWICK UNIVERSITY ON COMPLAINTS INTO SEND, MEDIATION, AND TRIBUNALS

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cedar/research/current/disagreementresolution 

https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cedar/staff/macullenprofile/

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