A new strategy to improve the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Dudley borough has now been officially launched.

Photo below is from the launch event with Claire Powers a parent carer forum member with Cllr Sue Ridney.

The Dudley Area SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) strategy has been put together by Dudley Council, parents, children, partners – including schools and health organisations.

It looks to build on the good work already being done by the authority and its partners, and seeks to make improvements by focusing on three strategic priorities.

Priority 1 – Working in partnership with families – Growing a way of working with families and individual young people as the basis for how we plan, deliver and review local provision.

Priority 2 – Planning and working together to make the best use of all of our resources – At the heart of this is a stronger approach to joint commissioning and the sharing of ideas, resources and supporting innovation across health, local authority and other partners.

 

Priority 3 – Simplifying help and support so that it is more accessible – This means we will build on the strengths of our local provision to offer the best mix of specialist and mainstream support that reflects the diversity of children and young people’s needs.

The Local Authority are committed to working more closely with families, taking a stronger approach to partnership working with other organisations and simplifying help and support to make it more accessible. An early draft of the strategy was shared with forum parents and they have been included and listened to throughout the process. The Local Authority got a lot of feedback – some positive, some heartfelt and some strongly worded contributions that challenge them to do better. That feedback is reflected in the strategy and in the delivery plans that will ensure that the strategy turns into actions.

 

Councillor Susan Ridney, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

Children and young people are at the heart of our decision making and it was an honour and privilege to speak with some of them at them at the event today.

We’ve spoken extensively to local parents, carers and children and young people throughout the process and though we have found things we are doing well there are areas in which we are working to improve.

This strategy has been produced through strong co-production with schools, it has been a really good joint process and will provide the framework in which those improvements can be made.”

People can view the strategy at http://www.dudley.gov.uk/sendstrategy