Our associate and lead for POEt development for children and
young people, shares this guest blog post with us.
POET, the Personal Outcomes and Evaluation Tool has been
developed by In Control and the Centre for Disability Research at
Lancaster University with funding from the DfE. It is
designed to provide a way for parents/carers, children and young
people, practitioners and strategic managers to quality assure the
impact of education, health and care plans.
Education, health and care plans epitomise many of the exciting
opportunities afforded by the new Children and Families Act:
- They are co-produced with parents/carers and children and young
- They are person-centred, focused on life outcomes and are
ambitious for all children and young people
- They can continue beyond school, supporting young people into
further education and training
- Health and local authorities have a duty to co-operate both at
the individual level and strategic level to ensure that the needs
of children and young people with plans are met
- The plans are a gateway to the right to request a personal
budget giving children and young people and parents/carers greater
choice and control
POET for children's services and education has been co-produced
and tested with young people, parents/carers and practitioners from
six local authority areas. The first report on the
development of the tool and the results of preliminary testing can
The tool is currently undergoing a further period of testing in
20 local authority areas - at least one in every region in
England. The tool is being designed to capture the views of
children and young people, parents/carers and practitioners so that
results can be triangulated in order to establish the key process
conditions associated with positive outcomes.
Initial testing demonstrated that the tool has the potential to
provide a straightforward and powerful way of finding out about the
experience of obtaining an EHC plan and, in some cases, a personal
budget and related outcomes. This work builds on successful
work by In Control and Lancaster University on POET for use in
adult social care and in health.
The Children and Families Act has been designed to transform the
SEND system, to better meet the needs of children, young people and
their families. The national and local datasets generated by
POET will provide the way to evidence this change and will
therefore become an invaluable resource to support local areas over
the coming years.
The results of this further testing will be published in a
second national report early in 2015. Individual benchmarking
reports will be provided for each local area (subject to there
being sufficient returns). Local areas will encouraged, with
the support of In Control, to use their report to review and action
The final tools will be available for all local authorities and
CCGs to use from Spring 2015 meantime, all local areas are welcome
to see and, if they wish, use POET now.
For further info please contact: Claire Lazarus, Project
Lead at Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 07880 787190
Read our other POET blog posts here.