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Your spotlight on local services

You Said, We Did: Disabilities

Date Published: 09/02/2024


At the start of 2023, we conducted a research project to look at the effectiveness of EHC plans and to understand what the barriers are in getting and following through an EHCP, in addition to highlighting areas of process that are working well. Additional areas explored include the EHCP process, family involvement, quality of EHCP, annual reviews, quality of education, support with transition into work-like activities and quality of support received from health, social care, parental wellbeing and other support services.

We make a number of recommendations to the Barking and Dagenham SEND Board including:

  • Ensuring that each parent or carer is well-informed about the process for evaluating, planning, developing, and concluding the EHCP plan
  • Ensuring that EHCP reflect what was discussed and agreed in an annual review and an updated EHCP plan is shared with all parties including parents in a timely manner
  • Making sure that children and young people receive therapies (such as occupational therapy and speech therapy) if they are indicated in the EHCP, and that it has been made clear to the parents and carers how often sessions/support will take place


Date Published: 02/09/2015

Healthwatch B&D spoke to individuals with hearing impairments to better nunderstand their views of local services. Participants choose to tell us about
Audiology Service, their GP Practices, Council Services and other Health Services.

Date Published: 12/12/2014

In past years, Barking and Dagenham has had a history of delays in providing Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) services to the children in the borough. Healthwatch therefore decided to investigate the current service to see if the remodelled service of 2008 had been able to keep up with the increased pressure caused by the increased number of children now resident in the borough.

This report outlines the views of parents, carers and professionals.

Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham
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25 Neville Road
Dagenham, Essex RM8 3QS