Worcestershire County Council is committed to improving outcomes for all children and young people.
At Cabinet yesterday (Thurs), members approved the Special Educational Need and/or a Disability (SEND) Strategy for 2017-2021. The strategy, endorsed by the Health and Well-being Board, sets out priorities for children with SEND needs.
Improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people, which includes those with a special educational need and/or a disability, is a key priority within the Children and Young People's Plan and is dependent on, and expected of, effective partnership collaboration between strategic health bodies and the County Council.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, Councillor Marcus Hart, said: "Children and young people with SEND deserve to be supported and encouraged to reach their full potential including, where possible, living independent lives. They also deserve to receive help and support from good quality services.
"We know that there is a need to strengthen, develop and deliver services to meet the needs of children, young people with SEND and their parents and carers.
"Working with partners to develop this strategy clearly demonstrates our commitment towards supporting all children and young people to get the best start to life."
Latest school census data shows that there are 10,863 children and young people in Worcestershire identified as having SEND support needs, which is 12.5% of the whole school population.
The SEND Board Partnership will work with parents and carers to support their goals for their children and young people to grow into independent adults that are able to make positive contributions to society.
Critical to the success of the strategy is the important role parents and carers have in their responsibilities to shape the experience of their children and young people.
The strategy will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that focus remains on the right things and improve outcomes for children and young people in Worcestershire.
To read the strategy in full go to http://worcestershire.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s15372/Cab%2020180208%20SEND%20Strategy-app.pdf