Councils reports rise in number of home-educated children with complex needs

Figures released by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) shows a “significant shift” in the home education community. They indicate a “surge” of new referrals combined with “an increase in cases with social care, SEND and multi-agency involvement”. Children and Young People Now reports.

The findings were drawn from the ADCS’s elective home education (EHE) survey sent out to all 152 councils in England.

Responses were received from 132 councils, the highest response the survey has attracted in four years, showing an estimated 78,800 children and young people were home educated at some point during the 2018/19 academic year.

Of this cohort, 38 councils said between six per cent and 10 per cent had an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

The report says “The surge [in the number of EHE families] notably involves cases which are increasing in complexity and, consequently, require more robust monitoring, support and multi-agency involvement.”

Gail Tolley, chair of the ADCS’s educational achievement policy committee, said “It is simply not good enough that we have no way of knowing whether all children and young people being educated at home are safe, receiving a suitable education and that their health and social development needs are being met.”

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