SAVVI – Case Study – Supporting children at risk
of being Not Ready for School in North Yorkshire
Thank you for your interest in the SAVVI case study of how North Yorkshire County Council engaged with the SAVVI method to support children at risk of not being ready for school in North Yorkshire
SAVVI, a Scalable Approach to Vulnerability via Interoperability, is a data project that aims to support early identification of vulnerable people and households, and to make smarter interventions and referrals. To do this, SAVVI defines an iterative model process that councils can use to ‘find, assess, and support’ people in need. SAVVI pulls together practical guidance, frameworks, standards, templates and resources in an online playbook to support every stage of the SAVVI model process.
This is a case study of how North Yorkshire County Council engaged with the SAVVI method, during 2021, to design how they will improve the level of school readiness of children across the County. The purpose of the document is to share the North Yorkshire experience to inspire other councils looking to adopt a similar SAVVI-style approach to finding and supporting vulnerable people in their area.
This case study will be of particular interest to: project teams who want to find and support people in need; data and digital teams who want to handle and share data to a reusable standard; Information Governance teams who want to ensure that data is being shared legally, ethically, and transparently; and performance and BI Teams who want to evidence that a project is effective in reducing hardship. The overall purpose of the North Yorkshire project has been to reduce the number of children who are assessed as not ready for school when they first attend Primary School. This indicator is measured by those children who do not reach a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The council intends to find and prioritise 150 ‘at risk’ children aged 2-3 years, who are not being supported via the existing assessments. These children will be identified by building a risk-index that applies the predictive model based on a study led by Liverpool City Council and published in the British Medical Journal. This case study picks out the opportunities that emerged, validating the parts of the SAVVI process that were useful. In particular, North Yorkshire has shown how a clearly defined purpose for a SAVVI project can successfully drive design through the six stage model process. It also validates the need to codify the risk factors and the need for shared terminology in order to make this project interoperable with partners for shared insight and delivery.