Ealing’s joint strategy for SEND and inclusion 2018-22 update

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21 Jan 2022

Ealing Council and Ealing CCG undertook a review of performance and progress and refocus strategic priority action plans in the final year of the current strategy for children and young people aged 0-25 which will end in 2022.

Numbers of pupils with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) have risen since 2018, with schools reporting increased complexity of need locally.

Percentage breakdown by area of need

Of the 4 broad areas of need:

  • Nearly half (47%) of children with an EHCP maintained by Ealing have a Primary Need of Communication and Interaction Needs (including children with Autism and speech and language needs)
  • Cognition and learning needs is the next largest proportion (34%)
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs accounted for 11% of primary need in 2020/21, showing the highest rate of growth (up 63%) over 3 years.

Recommendations from the recent SEMH review in Ealing are included in the action plan.

The refreshed strategy action plans are informed by detailed data analysis on key indicators, and workshops and discussions with a range of partners. Priority leads have updated existing plans to activities focused on adressing growing demand through earlier intervention.

Where service improvements have been met, these have been removed.

The strategy spans the 0-25 age range, resulting in a complex and changing governance landscape. High level refreshed plans to SEND Executive Board report on progress and timelines are updated where delivery has been affected by issues (eg COVID).

Helping shape the strategy

Further analysis of data, discussions with partners, the Ealing Parent Carer Forum’s survey and feedback from the ‘Include Me’ SEND Conference (Autumn 2021) will help shape the future strategy for launch later in 2022.

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