Freedom of information response

Habilitation Services

Publication date: 
Monday 7 October 2019
Request: 

Service delivery

1. a) How are habilitation services commissioned? (Please indicate the option that applies):

b) If the service is commissioned to be delivered in-house, which department is responsible for delivering the service? (Please indicate the option that applies):

c) Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19 have there been any changes to how habilitation services are commissioned? (For example, has the service changed from being internally to externally commissioned, or has the local authority department responsible for delivering the service changed.)

Yes/No

If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:

d) Are there plans to change how habilitation services are commissioned in 2019/20? (For example, are there plans to change from an internally to an externally commissioned service or, will the local authority department responsible for delivering the service change.)

Yes/No/Unknown

If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:

e) If ‘Yes’ to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):

2. What was/is the allocated budget for the delivery of habilitation services for the following financial years (please provide like for like budget data, if this is not possible please indicate why):

Financial year Total budget
2016/17 
2017/18 
2018/19 
2019/20 

Comments:

3. a) Please indicate whether habilitation support is provided to the following age groups:

b) Please indicate what habilitation support is available to CYP in each age category. Please note that this does not mean that every child will receive this support, but that the local authority provides or commissions this support (please select all that apply):

c) Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19, were there any changes to the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why):

d) Are there plans to change the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups in 2019/20? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why):

e) If Yes to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):

4. Please provide information on the structure of the team responsible for delivering habilitation services to CYP with vision impairment:

Comments:

Eligibility for habilitation support

5. What is the eligibility criteria for a CYP to access habilitation support? (Please indicate as many as apply):

Referrals and assessment

6. Please indicate where referrals for an initial assessment of habilitation needs are accepted from. (Please select as many as apply):

7. Please indicate who the initial assessment of habilitation needs is conducted in partnership with. (Please select the option that applies for each category):

Comments:

8. a) Is the progress of the CYP receiving habilitation support monitored?

Yes/No/Unknown

b) If ‘Yes’, if needs are not being met as assessed are the habilitation needs of the CYP reassessed?

Yes/No/Unknown

If ‘Yes’, please provide an overview of the process and attach a copy of any relevant policies.

Comments:

Demand

9. How many CYP were referred for an initial assessment of habilitation needs and how many received habilitation support in the following financial years:

Response: 

Service delivery

1. a) How are habilitation services commissioned? (Please indicate the option that applies):

How are habilitation services commissioned? Please tick the option that applies
A local authority department is commissioned to deliver the service (please go to question 1b)  
An external organisation is commissioned to deliver the service (please state the name of the organisation) Yes
Services are spot purchased  
Other (please state)  
This service is not commissioned (please indicate what alternative support is provided instead)  

b) If the service is commissioned to be delivered in-house, which department is responsible for delivering the service? (Please indicate the option that applies):

Department Please tick the option that applies
Children and Family Social Care Services  
Education (Sensory Team) Yes
Education (General)  
Adult Social Care  
Other (please state)  

c) Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19 have there been any changes to how habilitation services are commissioned? (For example, has the service changed from being internally to externally commissioned, or has the local authority department responsible for delivering the service changed.)

/No

If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:

d) Are there plans to change how habilitation services are commissioned in 2019/20? (For example, are there plans to change from an internally to an externally commissioned service or, will the local authority department responsible for delivering the service change.)

/No

If ‘Yes’, please provide further details:

e) If ‘Yes’ to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):

  Engaged with when changes were made (c) Plans to engage with on future changes (d)
 Stakeholder  Yes  No Yes No
 Parents/carers        
 CYP with vision impairment        
 Internal staff        
 General public        
 Voluntary sector        
 Schools and Education Settings        
 Other (please state)        

Comments:

2. What was/is the allocated budget for the delivery of habilitation services for the following financial years (please provide like for like budget data, if this is not possible please indicate why):

Financial year Total budget
2016/17 £26,342
2017/18 £31,023
2018/19 £35,608
2019/20 £35,608 anticipated

Comments:

3. a) Please indicate whether habilitation support is provided to the following age groups:

CYP group Yes No If ‘No’, please outline what alternative support is available
0-4 (Early Years) Yes    
5-11 (Primary School) Yes    
12-16 (Secondary School) Yes    
17-19 (College) Yes    
19-25   Yes Provided by 19+ Specilist VI college

b) Please indicate what habilitation support is available to CYP in each age category. Please note that this does not mean that every child will receive this support, but that the local authority provides or commissions this support (please select all that apply):

Type of support 0-4 (Early Years) 5-11 (Primary school) 12-16 (Secondary school) 17-19 (College) 19-25
To family and carers (inc. those in ‘looked after’ settings) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Independent living skills (in the home)          
Early Movement skills Yes Yes Yes    
Long cane training in public spaces (such as on the pavement, on public transport, high street, shopping areas etc.)   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Learning of routes between home and education setting   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Transitions, as learners move between key education settings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Long cane training in an education setting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Route planning in an education setting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other (please state) Independent living skills (in education setting) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

c) Between financial years 2016/17 and 2018/19, were there any changes to the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why):

CYP group Yes No If ‘Yes’, further detail / why
0-4 (Early Years)   Yes  
5-11 (Primary school)   Yes  
12-16 (Secondary school)   Yes  
17-19 (College)   Yes  
19-25   Yes  

d) Are there plans to change the habilitation support available to any of the following age groups in 2019/20? (If ‘Yes’, please provide further details of the changes and the reasoning why):

CYP group Yes No Unknown If ‘Yes’, further detail / why
0-4 (Early Years)   Yes    
5-11 (Primary school)   Yes    
12-16 (Secondary school)   Yes    
17-19 (College)   Yes    
19-25   Yes    

e)   If Yes to c) and/or d), were parents and stakeholders engaged with when the changes were made, or are there plans to engage with stakeholders? (Please select all that apply):

  Engaged with when changes were made (c) Plans to engage with on future changes (d)
Stakeholder Yes No Yes No
Parents/carers        
CYP with vision impairment        
Internal staff        
General public        
Voluntary sector        
Schools and Education Settings        
Other (please state)        

Comments:

4. Please provide information on the structure of the team responsible for delivering habilitation services to CYP with vision impairment:

Position/role Number of staff (FTE) delivering habilitation support in the following financial years
2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Habilitation Manager      
Senior Habilitation Officer      
Habilitation Officer Yes Yes Yes
Habilitation Assistant     Yes
Other (please state)      

Comments:

Eligibility for habilitation support

5. What is the eligibility criteria for a CYP to access habilitation support? (Please indicate as many as apply):

Eligibility criteria Yes No
The CYP must have an Education and Health Care Plan to access habilitation support    
The CYP must be registered as severely sight impaired to access habilitation support    
The CYP must be registered as sight impaired to access habilitation support    
Other (please state if ‘Yes’) Yes  

Comments:

The NatSIP habilitation eligibility criteria are used as a guideline. Following referral all VIPs will be followed up and their need assessed in discussion with QTVI/families/VIP/schools/ managers. Once assessed and the need identified a programme will be developed to meet the identified needs of the VIP.

Referrals and assessment

6. Please indicate where referrals for an initial assessment of habilitation needs are accepted from. (Please select as many as apply):

Profession Yes No
Medical professionals    
Qualified Teachers of Children with Vision Impairment (QTVIs) Yes  
Parents/carers Yes  
Young people Yes  
Other (please state) - Portage, EYS support meetings Portage/EYS support meetings, EHCP planning and review meetings.  

Comments:

7. Please indicate who the initial assessment of habilitation needs is conducted in partnership with. (Please select the option that applies for each category):

Stakeholder Always Never Sometimes
QTVI Yes    
Other education professionals (please state which education professionals) Yes    
Parents/carers Yes    
It is not conducted in partnership      
Other (please state) SENCOs / Nursery managers / EYS settings Yes - all of these and college support managers, QTVI from other funding boroughs, independent commissioners    

Comments:

8.   a) Is the progress of the CYP receiving habilitation support monitored?

Yes/

b)   If ‘Yes’, if needs are not being met as assessed are the habilitation needs of the CYP reassessed?

Yes/

If ‘Yes’, please provide an overview of the process and attach a copy of any relevant policies.

The habilitation programmes are prepared following initial assessment of need and in discussion with  the VIP/families/carers/SENCOs/managers.

Records are maintained from each session

Progress is monitored and reviewed at VI Service team meeting held fortnightly.

Habilitation outcomes are set for EHCP planning meetings and EHCP reviews.

Comments:

Demand

9.   How many CYP were referred for an initial assessment of habilitation needs and how many received habilitation support in the following financial years:

Financial year Number of CYP with VI referred for an initial assessment of habilitation needs Number of CYP with VI who received habilitation support
2016/17 7 20
2017/18 7 18
2018/19 16 24
Request reference:
FOI 9046