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Shape how children with SEND are supported

Staffordshire’s SEND Strategy

The county council and Staffordshire’s clinical commissioning groups are working with others to improve the way children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported.

An important part of this is agreeing a set of principles that will guide the way professionals across education, health and social care will support children and young people, as well as setting out the commitments made by our communities and families.

These principles will form Staffordshire’s SEND strategy.


How we are developing the strategy

People may have different views around what the strategy should include, so we want to hear from as many people as possible before we work with a small group of professionals, parents and young people to set out a draft, formally consult on it and then agree it.

  • Engage - hear from professionals, parents, children and young people and other members of the community on what currently works well, what could be improved and their ideas for what could be done differently.
    • 23 March - 30 April 2020
  • Analyse - take what we have heard and look for the themes. 
    • 23 March - 1 May 2020
  • Co-produce - work with a small group of professionals, parents, children and young people to take the themes and agree an outline strategy.
    • One or two day long workshops, week commencing 4 May and week commencing 11 May 2020
  • Draft - write the draft strategy 
    • 18-29 May 2020
  • Consult - formally consult on the draft strategy with members of the public.
    • June-July 2020
  • Final amends - make any final amends following consultation.
    • Early August 2020
  • Approve - formally agree the strategy at key boards/meetings including the Quality Committee and at a meeting of Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet. 
    • By 16 September 2020
  • Launch - share the final strategy to ensure it is used and understood. 
    • From 16 September (subject to approval)


How you can get involved

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved, either as part of the early engagement sessions, as a member of the co-production team or by contributing your views to the public consultation.

Sign up to stay up to date with the latest news. 


What's happening now?

Drop-in sessions

We planned to hold a number of drop-in sessions during March and April 2020, to gather people’s views and experiences and inform the content of the SEND strategy.  However, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the SEND Strategy drop-in sessions will be postponed until further notice in order to minimise social contact.

The comes after the Government announce more stringent measures to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

It is still important that we hear your views and experiences to inform the content of our strategy. You can share your feedback on our online form. It will be available until midnight on 30 April 2020. 



Stay up to date

If you would like us to keep you up to date with progress by email, please sign up on our website.

If you need to get in touch with us, please email us at sendtransformation@staffordshire.gov.uk

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