Help us improve SEND support for young children

A consultation on our revised Early Years SEND Strategy is open until Sunday, 18 October 2020

 

Released: 9 October, 2020

Views are being sought from parents, carers and professionals who look after or work with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as others who want to share their views.

West Sussex County Council is currently consulting on a revised Early Years SEND Strategy for children under the age of five. The consultation is open for people to share their views until Sunday, 18 October 2020.

The number of children with SEND continues to grow nationally. In response to this growing demand on our services, the Council has carried out a review of its current support and identified a number of positive changes.

The revised strategy aims to:

  • Identify children with additional needs at the earliest opportunity so the correct support can be put in place from a young age
  • Build trust for families so they know that the professionals working with their child understand their needs and are planning for now and into their future
  • Work with all early years providers to ensure a consistent, high quality and inclusive practise is available for all children across West Sussex, whatever their need
  • Create a smoother journey for children through their early years and into school

Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Every child in West Sussex should be supported to achieve their full potential, regardless of their need or where they live. That is the overriding aim of our revised Early Years SEND Strategy, which has been created with the help of a wide range of professionals.

“As a result, we’re pleased to be able to share our revised strategy and we really want parents, carers, professionals and anyone else with an interest to give their views to help us provide better support for young children with SEND across West Sussex.”

This video outlines the proposed new ways of working.

People can take part in the consultation by completing this short questionnaire online.

Alternatively you can request a paper copy by calling 01243 777807.
The consultation will remain open until midnight on Sunday 18 October 2020.

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