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Parents and carers, have your say on SEND services in Cumbria

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Cumbria’s SEND Partnership are inviting all families of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to complete the annual survey about their experiences.

The surveys aim to find out what effect the improvements made so far by the SEND Improvement Plan have had, and what we need to do next to continue to make things better.

There are 3 public feedback surveys open. Please read the following descriptions carefully and select the survey that is most applicable to your child or young person’s situation:

  1. A survey for parent and carers whose child or young person has an EHCP
  2. A survey for parents and carers whose child or young person has special educational needs but does not have an EHCP
  3. A short, easy-read survey for children and young people with SEND.

We would be grateful if you could support your child to complete the survey.

If you are from a partner organisation and would like to help spread the word, we have developed an engagement pack to support you. Please email nicola.wood@cumbria.gov.uk to request this.

What has changed as a result of the 2021 survey?

You said… finding information on behaviour that challenges, and access to support when children and young people are in crisis was difficult.

We did… we worked with young people, their parents and carers, and mental health practitioners to develop a Crisis Support on the SEND Local Offer. The Crisis page bring together information, advice and support in a graduated way, from ‘I need help but not immediately’, to ‘I need help right now’. We also included a list of Top Resources recommended by families and practitioners in Cumbria.


You said…it would be helpful to have information about autism in one place, ‘rather than relying on families to trawl the internet to find it’

We did… as part of the Autism graduated pathway work, an Autism Resource Hub is being developed with families and practitioners in Cumbria. The webpage, which will sit on the SEND Local Offer site, is currently in development and will include information and advice about autism, including the diagnostic pathway and diagnostic processes in Cumbria, as well as support once the assessment is concluded, whether your child receives a diagnosis or not.


You said… there was no support or diagnostic route for children and young people with sensory processing issues in Cumbria

We did… Co-produced a Sensory Processing Education Session (available to view on the SEND Local Offer) and work is currently underway to evaluate support available in Cumbria, which will culminate in a report with recommendations to fill gaps and ensure our children and young people with sensory processing needs are supported appropriately.

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