Funded by the Department for Education for 1 year, the programme focusses on 5 key elements to enable effective young people’s participation:
- A practitioner’s survey to assess the extent of young people’s strategic participation
- Three national awareness-raising events to share learning and good practice
- Provision of support to local areas to improve young people’s participation
- A new national young people’s group to provide advice on the SEND reforms to government
- Three pilot regional young people’s engagement participation teams to work with local authorities to develop their participation and share good practice
While young people’s views have been a key influence within SEN and disability legislation and implementation, there is still work to be done at national and local levels to ensure that:
- Disabled children and young people, and children and young people with SEN understand the changes to the law and how it affects them
- Practitioners understand how to involve disabled children and young people, and children and young people with SEN in decisions about their support and care; and
- Disabled children and young people, and children and young people with SEN are able to influence national and local policy and practice development, and their voices are embedded within strategic participation locally.
For more information about the project as a whole, please contact Pamela Shaw on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7833 6853.