Children’s Services Omnibus: Wave 2 Research Report

This report presents the findings from the second wave of the DfE Children’s Services Omnibus Survey. The survey explored senior local authority (LA) leaders’ perceptions on, and activities relating to, a range of policy areas. These included children’s social care; early years and childcare provision in authorities; and services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The questionnaire comprised a mix of open response questions and fixed category response questions.

The online survey was sent to all 152 upper tier LAs in England. In total, 77 LAs took part, representing an overall survey response rate of 50%. This compares to an overall response rate of 66% to Wave 1.

However, as indicated throughout the report, not all 77 LAs answered all of the survey questions. A total of 68 LAs answered questions on Children’s Social Care (45% response rate, compared to 60% in Wave 1); 57 answered questions on Early Years and Childcare (38% response rate, compared to 56% in Wave 1); and 52 answered questions on Special Educational Needs and Disability (34% response rate, compared to 54% in Wave 1).

The profile of LAs which completed the survey is largely in-line with the overall profile, based on the type of authority, region, proportion of pupils eligible for and receiving free school meals, and rates of children in need.

The research was carried out between 30 May and 11 July 2017. The key findings are outlined below. Throughout this report, figures are based on all LAs responding to each question. Please note that the base sizes for some questions are relatively low and therefore the findings should be treated with some caution.

Published : 23rd November 2017*

Publisher : Department for Education  [ More From This Publisher ]

Rights : Department for Education

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