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Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are being asked for feedback on the future strategy and actions that will be taken to provide support for children, young people with SEND and their families.
Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group are consulting on how to strengthen support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
This 2020-2023 Northumberland Strategy for Special Educational Needs sets out the local partnership’s vision for developing and improving the support provided for the children and young people with additional needs and their families.
You can read our draft SEND Strategy by clicking here and tell us what you think about the draft SEND strategy by clicking here.
Lockdown impacted negatively on the mental health and wellbeing of most parents and carers as well their children SEND. Families also reported having to decrease their spending and some reported struggling financially.
Home schooling was difficult for many families, particularly when combined with working from home. The nature of their child’s needs, a lack of routine, the number of children and adults in the household and the support the family received from school impacted significantly on a family’s ability to home school.
The majority of children in this report did not attend school during the period of the survey. A small number of children did not receive any schooling at home and their physical and mental health became worse. Conversely, some children thrived away from the pressures of school.
Families reported varying levels of satisfaction with the support they received from their child’s school.
Many children and young people continued to receive more or the same level of health and social care support as before lockdown, while others reported they received less or no support. Some people reported their assessments went ahead, while others’ were delayed or cancelled. Two thirds of children and young people undergoing an education reported the communication was not enough.
Looking to the future, families wished for more staffing, training and funding for schools, increase support for mental health and plans for how their children will catch up on any missed learning. Families wanted improved communication with their schools, extra activities available for weekends and holidays and more advice and support if their child needed help at school.
We have produced an action plan based on the responses for this survey and this can be found by clicking here.
We recently asked disabled children and their families for their views on ‘Short Breaks’ as part of Northumberland County Council’s review into the support offer.
The results, reports and recommendations that have come from the Short Breaks Survey can be found below:
Short Break Review March 2021 – Full Report, click here to read the full report
Short Break Review March 2021 – Executive Summary, click here to read an executive summary
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