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Families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are invited to take part in a Peer Review

14 March 2022

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Families and industry experts are being invited to be part of West Northamptonshire Council’s (WNC) drive to provide the best possible SEND services.

Senior officers from other authorities in the East Midlands and Eastern England across education, health, social care and parent carers groups will work with the council and its partners to assess how they identify and meet the needs of children and young people 0-25 years without an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP).

"SEND services are for some of the most vulnerable members of our community and it is up to us to ensure they have the best possible opportunities in life."

"I, and the team around me, passionately feel that the children and young people of West Northamptonshire deserve the very best and that is why we are not afraid to open our doors and invite industry experts and the people who use the service to tell us what they think."
Cllr Fiona Baker, WNC’s Cabinet Member for children, families, and education

The SEND Peer Review will be on Wednesday, 30 March.

West Northants has focused on the following four areas:

Early Identification

How effective was the identification of your child’s additional needs when they first went to nursery, school, or college, or by the health visitor or other specialists your child saw. Was it early enough? Did they make an accurate identification?

Provision and Support

What was the experience of the support and provision that your child received? What worked well, what did not work and what could have been better?

Training Needs

How could training improve the support your child received? What are the training needs that should be put in place for professionals and parent/carers?

Good practice

Where is the best practice in identifying children and young people with SEND and how can we share this effectively across the region?

WNC is keen to involve all parents, carers, young people, and professional partners in a transparent approach to highlighting its strengths, areas of development, and how it moves forward in this vital area.

If anyone would like to take part in the Peer Review or share experiences electronically of how the council and its partners identify the needs of children in West Northamptonshire, and how this could be improved, please email the Local Offer team via - [email protected].

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