Special Education Needs in Staffordshire

I’m delighted that our plans to reform current support for children and young people with special educational needs is gaining real pace.

There are many organisations across the county that provide some level of support, but we’re not working together in the best ways. It makes for a complicated system of care and assessment that’s difficult for parents to navigate and have their say about what they need.

This isn’t the situation just in Staffordshire, but it’s the case right across the country. Here though, we’re making real headway because we’ve put partnership working at the top of the agenda.

Together with parents and young people, and our colleagues in health, education and social care, a new single pathway to assessment and support has been developed. It’s simpler, quicker and makes sure that parents and children will be put at the heart of making decisions about the support they need.  I look forward to seeing this put into practice fully in September.

September will also bring other big changes. We’ll see much better support closer to home and that support will be available for longer, if it’s needed.

These are exciting times, and I’m proud that once again the county council has led and inspired our colleagues to come together to find innovative solutions that ultimately mean better results for residents.

It’s well worth finding out more about the reforms if you’re a parent or a child with a statement of special educational needs . Have a look on www.staffordshirecares.info/send

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