Worcestershire approves SEND Strategy

Worcestershire County Council has approved the Special Educational Need and/or a Disability (SEND) Strategy for 2017-2021 to improve outcomes for children with SEND needs.

There are 10,863 children and young people in Worcestershire identified as having SEND support needs, which is 12.5 per cent of the whole school population. The council wants to ensure that all children and young people are safe from harm, reach their potential and live happy, healthy lives.

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.

Marcus Hart, cabinet member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, 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."