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Shout Out for SEND | A conference for young people

Published: 08 October 2019

There have been many changes to provision and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) since the implementation of the SEND reforms in 2014.  This includes the introduction of many new responsibilities as outlined in the SEND Code of Practice, 0-25. 

One of the key changes is that SEND provision must be kept under review and, in doing so, children and young people should be involved in the planning, commissioning and reviewing of services.  This includes reviewing education and training provision, social care provision and the content of the Local Offer.  It is also important that young people are able to participate effectively in decisions about the support available to them in their local area to ensure their needs are met by the services provided to support them. 

As well as working alongside other organisations, the SEND service are keen to work with children and young people directly to develop a strategic approach for ongoing engagement with young people.  With this in mind, they are holding a young people’s conference to which young people from Buckinghamshirer schools are invited to take part.  They would like each school to identify two representatives who can speak on behalf of the school/setting on areas related to support and experiences of having SEND in Buckinghamshire.  The young people nominated to attend should be year 7 or above and have either an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or be on the SEN support register.

The conference will take place on 7 November 2019, 10am to 2:30pm at Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ and will be facilitated by colleagues from the local authority including Specialist Teachers, Educational Psychologists and Family Workers from the Family Support Service.   Refreshments and lunch will be provided and the interactive sessions will cover;

  • My Life in School – the Journey So Far

  • Where are we now?

  • Where do we go from here?

  • Preparing for adulthood

  • A question and answer panel

Pupils attending the conference will receive a certificate to show their participation and thanking them for their contribution. It will be a great chance for children and young people to give their views and ideas to the people who make the decisions about the support they receive.  It is hoped that this conference will become an annual event.

As you will appreciate, they are unable to arrange transport, support and parental consent for young people from over thirty settings.   Therefore, if your school would like your young people to take part, the SEND team would ask that you organise these as part of your usual protocol.  There will be a photographer at the event so the success of the day can be shared with colleagues and the wider community.  Support staff are welcome to attend alongside young people if they have specific needs that require this. 

Please use the following link:  “Shout Out for SEND” conference for children and young people  to register attendance of young people and support staff from your school/setting at this event by 5pm on 21 October 2019.

For any questions please contact:  Liz Slater