At Knowsley Council’s Cabinet last night (17 January 2018), Knowsley’s Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy for the next three years was approved. The strategy has been developed jointly with children, young people and their parents / carers, together with the organisations representing education, health and social care that support them.
The strategy outlines the priorities to be addressed over the next three years, together with the approach to be taken, in order to deliver the very best possible outcomes for children and young people with SEND in Knowsley. This ensures that resources are directed to where they are needed and when they are needed.
Priorities include ensuring there is effective team working across teams in different organisations to deliver the strategy, ensuring that children, young people and their families are at the centre of all activities and the development of services and ensuring the right support is in place at the earliest opportunity to ensure children and young people achieve and flourish into adulthood. In addition, the transfer from children’s services to adult services should be well-planned and their Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) will be regularly updated to reflect the child’s / young person’s views over time as they develop and their needs may change.
Cllr Joan Lilly, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said “Pivotal to the development of this strategy was seeking the views of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, along with their families. This has helped to identify the priority areas that we will now work on together – as organisations and with the children, young people and their parents / carers – in order to help them to achieve their full potential. I look forward to seeing this work develop over the coming months and years.”
A copy of the plan is available on the council’s website.
Further information about the help and support available to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Knowsley, including education, play and leisure activities, funding, travel and housing assistance, is available on the Knowsley Family Information Service website.