Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) consultation

​Closing date: 12 September 2019

Help shape the services provided to children, young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

What is this consultation about and why are we doing it?

Across the country there are a growing number of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Demand for support is increasing and the available funding is not currently keeping up with this growth. Cheshire West and Chester Council, wants to plan for the future to meet these needs in the best way possible and wants to make sure everyone affected has the chance to shape any changes that we make.

What has happened so far?

We have met and spoken with children and young people and their parents/carers, schools, colleges and professionals to find out what works well in the local area, how we support special educational needs and what needs to change. We have looked at other local authority areas and the changes happening across the country. We have found out that we cannot meet the increasing level of need without changing the way we do things.  We have based our ideas on everything we have learned so far and now we want to know what you think we should do to plan for the future.

What are the areas for consideration?

We have come up with a number of ideas about what we should do over the next few years and these are presented below as ‘areas for consideration’.

We want to know what you think about these, and will collect your feedback over a 12 week consultation period between 20 June and 12 September 2019.

How can I get involved and have my say?

The consultation is open from 20 June until 12 September 2019.

You can tell us your views by taking part in our online survey.

Before completing the survey please ensure you have read the SEND Summary document.

For further information please read the following:

If you would prefer an easy read document, you can view the easy read document below.

You can also complete a paper copy of the questionnaire. These are available at your local library, Children's Centre or Council Office or by contacting the Information, Advice and Support Service:

  • Telephone: 0300 123 7001

Events

We will also be running events across the borough:

  • Monday 8 July, 2pm-4pm at Winsford Lifestyle Centre
  • Tuesday 9 July, 10am-12pm at Chester – County Officer’s Sports Club
  • Monday 15 July, 6.30pm-8.30pm at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall


If you would like to attend one of the events, please complete our short registration form to confirm your place.

Other ways to take part

Comments can also be sent to us via the following methods:

  • Email: SENDConsultation@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
  • Telephone: Information Advice and Support Service on 0300 123 7001 quoting ‘Consultation services for children and young people with SEND Needs’
  • Write to: Research and Intelligence Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE

What happens next?

Analysis of the results from these surveys and face to face events will enable us to give full consideration to the way future services and support offered to children and young people with SEND meets their needs, while ensuring that services as a whole remain sustainable in the future.

The results from the consultation will be available on the Council’s website from December 2019.  Any future provision agreed will be implemented from September 2020 allowing us time to make sure any changes are well managed.

If you would like to know more about how we use and store the information you give us in this survey, visit:

Other ways of accessing information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:

Please note:

We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or sexual identity. Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation.

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