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Working together to improve outcomes

Our vision for all children and young people with SEND

Our vision is that all children and young people with SEND have brighter futures, fulfilled lives and are part of their local communities: 

  • experiencing inclusion in every aspect of their lives. 
  • achieving their full potential. 
  • being partners, alongside their families, in developing provision and services. 

This vision has been developed from what children and young people with SEND and their families have told us is important to them, complimented by our knowledge of the outcomes and experiences of children and young people with SEND in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.

Working in partnership

The SEND and Inclusion Strategy provides an overview of how we will achieve our vision in close partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, early years settings, schools, colleges, health, the council, other local services and providers working together to improve the outcomes for children and young people. 

The strategy was agreed by partners through the SEND Improvement Board (see details below) in March and was approved by the Council’s Cabinet in May. It is now subject to Council ratification at Full Council.

The SEND Learning & Improvement Plan sets out the actions we are taking to achieve our vision in the strategy. Every month partners monitor progress in delivering the actions and the impact they are having.  If there is lack of progress or issues that need resolving, the partners agree actions to move improvements forward.

The SEND Improvement Board was established in August 2020, it has an independent Chair and is accountable to the Health & Wellbeing Board.  It has representation from across partners and drives forward improvement across the SEND system in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (see the Terms of Refence). Parent carers have a strong voice on the SEND Improvement Board through Parent Carers Together (PCT) - a parent carer forum set up to represent the voices of Parent Carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (aged 0 to 25 years). PCT are the Councils strategic partner. Through the Board and strategic working groups they work with partners to make sure services meet the needs of children with SEND and their families.

Central to all our work is the voice and lived experience of children and young people with SEND.  A children and young peoples co-production group supported through SENDiass, is being formed to create their version of the co-production charter and say what priorities they want to work on. Once this group is formed we will share more information on the Local Offer.

SEND special provision

As the Learning and Improvement Plan shows, an important part of the successful delivery of our partnership strategy and improvement plans is having the right high needs provision in place. All councils have to review their provision for children and young people with SEND and should publish a strategic plan. Read more here