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Take part in questionnaire about changes to services for young people with special needs

Communities / Fri 11th Sep 2015 at 10:56am

Learning DisabilityYOUNG people, families and practitioners in Essex are urged to share their experiences of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms.

Essex County Council is one of 74 councils in England selected to take part in a national pilot programme looking to assess the impacts of the reforms, introduced last year as part of The Children and Families Act.

The reforms were devised to give young people with SEND and their parents a greater say in the support they receive and have required a much more joined up approach between education, health and social care services.

Since September 2014, local authorities have been required to make a series of changes to the way provision for children and young people with SEND is delivered.

For example, education, health and care (EHC) plans have replaced special needs statements.

This pilot programme is being led by the charity In Control and Lancaster University.

Completed questionnaires will be analysed to see how well the new EHC plans are working and how many young people have personal budgets and their impact.
Children and young people, parents/carers and practitioners in Essex are encouraged to share their thoughts.

To take part, www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk/content/ehcp-questionnaire

The deadline for responses is 31 December 2015.

Responses will be used to help improve services both locally and nationally.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Last year’s Government reform has required significant changes to the way special needs services are delivered in Essex, requiring a much more joined up approach between education, health and social care partners.

“While we are already seeing some excellent results in Essex, feedback from users is essential in ensuring that we know what is working and where improvements are needed.

“I would urge anyone affected by the reforms to take part in this questionnaire to help us offer the best services possible for these young people.”

For more information about the pilot programme in Essex, please contact the SEND team at [email protected]

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