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SEND parent carers; help to change the SEND system in Surrey by attending a workshop

Surrey County Council, Family Voice Surrey and partner organisations are looking for parent carers to take part in workshops, to share their experience and expertise in order to co-design key elements of Surrey's SEND graduated response and work towards a SEND Profile of Need with guidance. This will provide a transparent framework to identify children’s additional needs as early as possible, and to identify the responses and interventions required to meet those needs.

A ‘graduated response’ means that children’s additional needs are identified consistently and as early as possible. That additional and intensive SEND support can be accessed when required and at the earliest possible stage.

It means making additional services available to children and young people with emerging needs and SEN Support plans, to provide timely and effective support to prevent their needs escalating to crisis point; moving towards systems that are responsive to individual child and family circumstances, rather than children and families receiving help according to how well they fit the system.

The outcome of these workshops will be a toolkit for all Surrey professionals and parent carers, known as the SEND Profile of Need and accompanying guidance.

This toolkit will ensure that SEND practice and decision-making is more consistent across the county. It will provide all professionals and parent carers with a clear and transparent framework to identify children’s additional needs as early as possible, and to identify the responses and interventions required to meet pupil needs. The guidance will set out what good early support and intervention looks like from the perspective of children, young people, parents, carers and families.

Each workshop will address all four areas of the SEND code of practice; Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), and Sensory and/or physical needs. The workshops will also provide the opportunity for parents and carers to shape, influence and co-design new processes for EHCP decision-making and review. This is to ensure that decision-making and review processes are aligned with the SEND Profile of Need.

Workshop schedule:

 Date and Time     
 Venue details
 Thu 17 January
 10am – 11.30am

Family Voice Surrey, Conect House, Kingston Road, Leatherhead KT22 7LT

 Thu 17 January
 1.30pm - 3pm

Family Voice Surrey, Conect House, Kingston Road, Leatherhead KT22 7LT

 Mon 21 January
 10am - 11.30am

Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre, West Street, Dorking RH4 1BY

 Wed 23 January
 6.30pm - 8pm

Walton Youth Centre, 1a Elm Grove, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1LH

 Mon 28 January
 10am – 11.30am
Discovery Youth Centre, 7 Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH


If you would like to be involved in any of these workshops, please register your interest with Mohit Mansukhani; email mohit.mansukhani@surreycc.gov.uk Call: 01483 517091