Families, carers and young people are being encouraged to have their say on a strategy which will set out how services are provided to children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The Medway Joint Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy is a three-year strategy which sets out the joint vision across health, education and council services for children and young people aged up to the age of 25 who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.
As the current strategy is coming to an end Medway Council is encouraging residents and families to have their say on the new draft strategy which runs until 2025.
The plan sets out five strategic ambitions which were produced with parents, carers and young people: achieving the best outcomes through inclusion and participation; preparing for a successful future at the earliest opportunity; working together with children and young people with SEND and their families; access to the right support, at the right time, in the right place and children and young people with SEND recover from the Coronavirus pandemic.
The plan includes actions which will drive the priorities forward over the next three years, including ensuring that children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans in place have their needs met in their local community and local schools; that changes to services are always led by feedback from children and young people and their parents and carers and that children’s needs are identified, assessed and supported both in early life and when potential issues arise.
Ensuring the strategy address the needs of our young people
Cllr Josie Iles, Medway Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “We want to ensure the strategy addresses the needs of our young people and I would encourage them, their families and our partners to have their say on the draft strategy. We are committed to achieving the best outcomes for Medway’s children and young people with SEND and providing more opportunities for our young people supports our aspiration to become even more child-friendly.”
The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday, 23 September.