Initial equality impact assessment screening form

This form records an equality screening process to determine the relevance of equality to a proposal, and a decision whether or not a full EIA would be appropriate or proportionate.




Service area


Proposal being screened

Local Area SEND Strategy

Officer(s) carrying out screening

Chris Reynolds

What are you proposing to do?

Implement a new Local Area SEND Strategy which sets out how the Local Area Partnership will work together, guided by agreed priorities, that have been developed with young people, parents, carers and professionals.

Why are you proposing this? What are the desired outcomes?

It will provide a way forward that is clear and transparent, ensuring the views of all stakeholders are understood and acted upon and accountability is shared. The strategy will help guide partnership working to improve the lived experience of children and young people with SEND.

Does the proposal involve a significant commitment or removal of resources? Please give details.

No. As a strategy document there is no specific proposal committing or removing resources. As services develop specific action plans and proposals it is envisaged these will each involve individual EIA where appropriate.

Impact on people with any of the following protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, or NYCC’s additional agreed characteristics

As part of this assessment, please consider the following questions:

·       To what extent is this service used by particular groups of people with protected characteristics?

·       Does the proposal relate to functions that previous consultation has identified as important?

·       Do different groups have different needs or experiences in the area the proposal relates to?


If for any characteristic it is considered that there is likely to be an adverse impact or you have ticked ‘Don’t know/no info available’, then a full EIA should be carried out where this is proportionate. You are advised to speak to your Equality rep for advice if you are in any doubt.


Protected characteristic

Potential for adverse impact

Don’t know/No info available



















Sexual orientation




Gender reassignment




Religion or belief




Pregnancy or maternity




Marriage or civil partnership





People in rural areas




People on a low income




Carer (unpaid family or friend)




Does the proposal relate to an area where there are known inequalities/probable impacts (e.g. disabled people’s access to public transport)? Please give details.

Yes. The strategy aims to ensure that all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities have better outcomes which will make sure they are well prepared for a happy, healthy and fulfilling adult life.

Will the proposal have a significant effect on how other organisations operate? (e.g. partners, funding criteria, etc.). Do any of these organisations support people with protected characteristics? Please explain why you have reached this conclusion.

The strategy has been written with partners in Health and consultations have taken place with children and young people, parents, carers and professionals.

Decision (Please tick one option)

EIA not relevant or proportionate:




Continue to full EIA:



Reason for decision

The Local Area SEND Strategy will have a positive impact on children and young people with SEND. At this stage there are no specific proposals that would have an adverse impact and, if such proposals were developed, they would be subject to individual EIA’s.

Signed (Assistant Director or equivalent)

C Reynolds


20 April 2023