Helen Ames
By Helen Ames

Senior Staff Writer

29 July 2022

| | 2 min read

Parents and carers are invited to help shape Newcastle’s SEND Strategy

Newcastle City Council is developing a new strategy for children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND) which will cover how education, health and care services can work together to meet their needs and ensure the best possible outcomes for children and young people who have SEND.

Trinity school pupils
Trinity school pupils

In September, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) will facilitate a series of online events for parents and carers to share their views on the following key questions;

  • What a good life for children and young people with SEND should look like in Newcastle

  • What is currently helping to achieve this goal

  • What is currently holding children and young people with SEND back from living that good life.

  • What would make the biggest improvements in the lives of children and young people with SEND, and their families

The findings from the focus groups will be reported by CDC to Newcastle City Council for publication on the Local Offer and circulated to all focus group attendees. There will also be two workshops with professionals where the results of the focus groups will the used to inform discussions about the city’s future SEND strategy.

Cllr Sylvia Copley, Cabinet Member, a Growing City, Newcastle City Council said; “We are committed to supporting all children and young people and would encourage as many people as possible to engage in these events, let us know what works well, and how you would like to see the SEND strategy in Newcastle developed in the future.”

There are five sessions available which you can book via any of the links below.

Tuesday 6 September, 10.30am-12.30pm:

Overview Online focus group to shape Newcastle’s SEND Strategy Blackthorn Events

Saturday 10 September, 11.00am – 1.00pm:

Overview Online focus group to shape Newcastle’s SEND Strategy Blackthorn Events

Wednesday 14 September, 6.00pm – 8.00pm:

Overview Online focus group to shape Newcastle’s SEND Strategy Blackthorn Events

Sunday 18 September, 11.00am – 1.00pm:

Overview Online focus group to shape Newcastle’s SEND Strategy Blackthorn Events

Tuesday 20 September, 6.00pm – 8.00pm:

Overview Online focus group to shape Newcastle’s SEND Strategy Blackthorn Events