Major Proposals for Children With Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are at the heart of major proposals debated by Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday this week.

Residents have already contributed to plans for this local area SEND strategy through public consultation, which took place between January and March 2022. There were 866 responses with over 90 per cent agreeing with the five strategic objectives. These are:

  • Improving outcomes for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Developing a continuum of local provision to meet the requirements of these children and young people.
  • Good physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Improving post-16 education, learning, employment and training opportunities.
  • Facilitating a positive move into adulthood for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Councillor Liz Brighouse, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Youth Services, said: “In Oxfordshire, organisations that work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities have a shared ambition that our county will be a place where every young person has the opportunity to become everything they want to be.

“We want children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to receive the very best support at the right time for them. We want them to be able to access suitable education and to achieve their potential by being well prepared for a fulfilling, healthy adult life.”

Detailed plans will now be developed by Oxfordshire County Council and its partners, including Oxfordshire’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Schools, parents, and carers will also be involved in the next steps. The intention is to publish the new strategy in June 2022.

  1. Michelle Trevethan says:

    Firstly these children and young adults have to be assessed, my grandson has been on on the camhs waiting list since December 2017 it’s only this year we actually heard back and thought it was a way forward for him to get the help he needed, how wrong we are, filled out all relevant forms as which his school also done sent recorded delivery they received this beginning of march as have proof of delivery and signature, as we hadn’t heard from them we phoned on Thursday 26 May, couldn’t believe what we where told the envelope was still in draw not even opened, was also told short staffed, also on front of letter from them it states all forms must be completed and sent back by 17 march which it was, but what happens now they received it by that day but it’s still not been looked at. So my grandson has to wait because of there incompetence.

  2. Lisa Drage says:

    This looks very exciting and anything that makes the lives of children with disabilities better is to be applauded.

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