SEND Public Engagement

Closed 31 May 2019

Opened 22 Mar 2019



Essex County Council has embarked upon a programme of change for provision and services with the ambition to profoundly improve the outcomes and life experience of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Our ambition is for a SEND system which accurately identifies and assesses need at an earlier stage and which provides appropriate and impactful support without such a high level of dependence on the statutory system. We want our children, young people and families to have confidence in the type, quality and amount of support that their child receives and see year on year impact of this support on their child’s life.

We want to share our vision with you, understand what is important to you and work in partnership with you to develop our ongoing strategy for SEND in Essex. This survey gives you the opportunity to comment on:

  • Our vision for SEND in Essex
  • Our proposed ways of working
  • Our proposals for an Essex SEND Strategy as we move forward

For more information, please see Developing a Strategy for SEND in Essex

The Voice of Families

We are committed to ensuring that the voice of the children, young people and their families are at the heart of the services we deliver.

We want to coproduce the SEND strategy and the action plan to achieve this strategy, and will seek to engage as many parents, carers, families and children and young people as possible. 

Our commitment is to continue to work in partnership with parents, carers, families and children and young people beyond the end of this formal engagement period.

How does public engagement work?

Our engagement period will last for ten weeks. During this time this survey will be open for you to give your views. Public engagement will run until 31st May 2019. We will then consider responses and make an announcement of how we intend to proceed in Summer term.

Discussion Forums

There will also be the opportunity for families to attend a discussion forum to better understand the proposals and for you to join a conversation about the future strategy for SEND in Essex. These discussions are being led by the Essex Family Forum, the parent carer network in Essex. The Essex Family Forum are an independent group who gather the voice of families. Details of these forums will be posted on the Essex Local Offer website with times, venues and how to sign up shortly.

How to submit a response

Please give your views using the link at the bottom of this page. Children and young people are also able to give their views, but under 16 year olds will need parental/guardian permission. 

If you wish to submit a response for an organisation or group of people, or provide a more details response than allowed for in this survey, written submissions will be accepted by email at To request a paper copy of this survey or an easy read version please email

Unfortunately it is not possible to respond to individual comments and questions. 

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