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Knowsley Council recognised for improvements to Education Health Care Plans

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has been awarded an iESE Certificate of Excellence for implementing the Invision360 EHCP Audit Tool, leading to improved quality of Education Health Care Plans (EHCP).

The tool enables the Council to audit the quality and consistency of EHCPs against recognised standards, providing data and evidence to target improvements and improve outcomes.

The online tool provides auditors with a simple online step-by-step process with includes built-in checklists and key tips around what to include in each section. They system also increases objectivity and consistency.

The Certificate of Excellence has been awarded as part of the iESE Public Transformation Awards, recognising public sector organisations for their efforts in improving and transforming local public services. This year’s awards attracted over 300 entries, so the Certificate of Excellence is recognition of the excellent work being undertaken by the Council to improve EHCPs for children and young people.

The Council is using Invision360 to improve practice, create a more joined-up approach to Education Health Care planning and, most importantly, improve outcomes for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.

The judges heard how the Council has made sustained improvements in the quality of EHCPs. One of the most significant improvements has been around the auditing of health and social care sections of the plan. Before introducing Invision360, just 31% of plans had sufficient health or social care sections audited as ‘Good’, however just 12 months in, this percentage now stands at 86%.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I’m delighted that we have been recognised for our work to improve our Education Health Care planning process. We will continue to build on the improvements we have made to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children and young people.”