Sefton launches SEND evaluation to seek out parent’s views
Sefton Council have commissioned researchers at Edge Hill University to undertake an evaluation of Special Education Needs and Disability services in the borough.
The evaluation, funded by Sefton’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, will involve a sample of parents and carers with children and young people who have SEND and will help shape and improve the services Sefton can offer.
Key partners including schools, and health and care services will also be asked to give their views in the evaluation.
The results will then be used to inform policy, strategy, prioritisation and development of activities and services related to the needs of young people aged under 25 years with a special educational need or disability.
Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “We have asked Edge Hill University to help us better understand Special Education Needs and Disability provision throughout Sefton.
“This is a very important project to undertake and we need parents and carers who are involved to give their views, both good and bad, so that we can positively shape how we deliver and develop services in the future.
“The ultimate goal of this evaluation is to help our children and young adults with SEND needs, as well as their families and support networks.”
Participation in the evaluation is completely voluntary and those who contribute will be given complete anonymity.
The evaluation is expected to be completed before April and a final report will be shared widely and posted on the local offer.
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Sefton Parent Carer Forum announce AGM & Moving Forward session
The Sefton Parent Carer Forum have announced plans for their 2019 AGM and Moving Forward event next month.
Taking place at the West Lancs Yacht Club on Marine Drive, Southport on Thursday March 7 from 9:45am, the annual meeting is a chance for parents and carers of children with Special Education Needs or Disability (SEND) to meet and discuss services across the borough
Hosted by the Sefton Parent Carer Forum, members will be joined by a team of researchers from Edge Hill University who have been commissioned by Sefton Council and Sefton CCG to undertake an evaluation of Special Education Needs and Disability services in Sefton, to find out what needs to change as a result of the recent SEN review.
A spokesperson for the SPCF said: “This is your opportunity to hear about the findings of the Review and feedback your views on how Sefton can move forward.
“Representatives from Healthwatch, Sendiass, Aiming High, Local Offer, Personal Travel Budgets and more will be on hand to offer advice and support, and then we’ll start with our Annual General Meeting.”
Lunch will be provided.
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