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Suffolk's strategy for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
The SEND Partnership Board has approved Suffolk’s new SEND Strategy for 2017 - 2020 (PDF, 348KB) which was developed by working with partners across Suffolk. The strategy address the issues that arose from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection in December 2016. And equally addresses the wider improvements that parents, carers and professionals have raised as being important to ensure better outcomes for children and young people.
Developing a shared SEND strategy
Strategy development workshops, led by the Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN), supported the production of a draft vision, aim, objectives and priorities. In April 2017, these were shared with a range of stakeholders to get their feedback.
117 individuals, ranging from parents and carers to school and healthcare staff gave feedback on the draft strategy. Based on the feedback a number of changes were made, in particular:
- Include the wording “full potential” in stating the aim for children and young people
- A recognition that not all individuals can be independent and some will not reach adulthood
- A clear action to improve the Local Offer website and communication with all stakeholders
- An action to improve the EHCP process.
84% of respondents felt that the vision and aims were the right ones, but many questioned how all organisations involved were going to make sure outcomes were improving for children, young people and their families.
Download the 2017 - 2020 Suffolk SEND strategy (PDF, 348KB)
As a result of this feedback, a set of measures have been developed that will be used to assess how successful the strategy has been. A key part of these measures will be an annual survey to check on the lived experience of parents and carers, children and young people. Updates about changes to services as a result of feedback from families are also published on the 'You said, we did page' on the Suffolk Local Offer website.
In addition a clear communications plan is being developed to keep everyone, including families up to date with progress. SPCN in their role as the strategic partner for parent carer participation will ensure the views or parents and carers are at the centre as the strategy is rolled out.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to offer feedback on the draft strategy.