With funding from the Department for Education, In Control
has developed the Personal Outcomes and Evaluation Tool (POET) for
use in children's services (0-25 years). It has been designed to
assess the process of obtaining an Education Health and Care Plan
(EHCP), and in some cases a personal budget, on children and young
people, families and practitioners, and the outcomes of having a
This builds on the work we have already
done with the Centre for Disability Research at Lancaster
University focused on adult services as well as work with the
Department of Health on personal health budgets.
Developed with children and young people,
parents/carers and practitioners from across the country, the tool
has already been tested by over 20 local authorities and their
partners and two national reports have been produced. The reports
can be downloaded using the links below.
In Children's services our commitment is
One authoritative, nationally recognised method to understand
the experiences of families and children and young people of the
process and impact on day-to-day life of having an Education Health
and Care Plan.
An outcome-focused approach where performance is measured by
reported experience of young people who have personal budgets and
anEducation Health and Care Plan and their
An easy to use tool that encourages local authorities to
report and share feedback and to benchmark themselves against
A tool that encourages young people to be involved and, as
they grow older, to increasingly take responsibility for reporting
on their own experiences.
Low transaction costs - data capture will be embedded
into local authority processes and open to local community
DfE's SEN and disability: supporting
local and national accountability, March 2015 outlines the
Department's intent that there should be a combination of local
accountability measures; data analysis and independent inspection
to show how the SEND system is performing, which parts are working
well and less well and whether outcomes are improving for children
and young people. POET is suggested as one of the ways in which
such data and intelligence might be collected.
DfE has awarded In Control further grant
funding to: develop and improve the children and young people's
element of POET and to support at least 50 local authorities and
their partners to test POET further in 2015. In Control are again
collaborating with the University of Lancaster on this
We delighted to announce that over 70
sites have volunteered to participate in this further round of
testing between September and the end of December 2015. All have
confirmed strategic commitment to testing POET and a commitment to
endeavour to achieve returns from 25 children and young people, 50
parents/carers and 50 practitioners. The result should mean that
over 9000 people give their views on Education Health and
Care Plans, and in some cases personal budgets, one year
after the Children and Families Act was enacted. This will provide
an incredibly valuable benchmark for us locally, regionally and
nationally moving forward.
The volunteer local authorities:
London: Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing,
Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith, Havering, Islington,
Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Redbridge,
Southwark, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.
East: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire,
Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Peterborough and
South East: East Sussex, Hampshire,
Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
South West: Bournemouth, Gloucestershire,
Somerset, Swindon and Torbay.
Yorkshire & Humber: Bradford, Calderdale,
Doncaster, East Riding, North Yorkshire, Rotherham, Sheffield, City
of York and Wakefield.
North East: Durham and Gateshead.
East Midlands: Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester
City, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham
City and Nottinghamshire.
West Midlands: Birmingham, Coventry,
Herefordshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford
& Wrekin, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and
North West: Blackpool, Bury, Cheshire West &
Chester, Halton, Liverpool, Salford and Wigan.
These sites will also have the opportunity
to comment on the questionnaires themselves and to work with us to
further refine them.
In Control will publish the national results
early in 2016. In addition, subject to achieving sufficient
returns, participating sites will be provided with benchmarking
data to support them to review and action plan.
If you are interested in finding out more about
the tool and its use in children's services, or would like to see
an example of the surveys, then please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A small national steering group is
overseeing the development of the tool - further information about
its terms of reference and membership can be found here.
Using POET in adult services and health,
In Control has gathered the views and experiences of more than 5000
personal budget recipients and carers, the largest national survey
You can find out more about the use of
POET in adult social services and in health by using the links