We are working with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a strategy which will set the priorities for identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) over the next five years.
The lack of a co-produced vision and strategy for SEND was one of the areas of weakness identified during last year’s SEND inspection.
Officers consulted with parents, young people, leaders and frontline workers over the summer, through meetings and an online questionnaire, which received 357 responses. This was done to build on the information and feedback received over the past few years, including our own State of Sheffield 2019 report.
All this feedback has been analysed and grouped into five broad themes:
- Identification and assessment of needs
- Communication and engagement
- Workforce development
We ran a workshop with parents to gather their views on what the key priorities and actions for each theme should be. Our parent reps then took this feedback to a co-production session with representatives from a wide range of organisations. The aim of the session was to agree the priorities under each theme, which will then be included in the strategy. There will be further consultation on the draft strategy later this year.