SEN&D Engagement and Participation Strategy – Have your say

A survey to help health, social care and education professionals communicate with children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEN&D) is underway.

Views are being sought on a new strategy developed by Somerset County Council and other agencies, including Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Parent Carer Forum. It aims to improve the way children and young people with SEN&D and their families are listened to and communicated with.

The strategy is now on line and parents, carers, professionals and children and young people with SEN&D are being encouraged to share their opinions and feedback on it.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “As part of the Children and Families Act 2014 we must ensure we listen to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. This strategy sets out how we will communicate and engage with them but we need the views of anyone it affects so we can ensure our plans are fit for purpose.

“You have until Sunday 20 September to have your say, so please take a look at the document and let us know your thoughts.”

The strategy document and a summary written by the Young People’s Champions, Ellen Collard and Shane Dangar, are available to view and comment on at www.somerset.gov.uk/FWIA

Paper copies are also available by emailing sendreforms@somerset.gov.uk or phoning 01823 359732.