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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy

Improving the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in the Dudley borough.

The Dudley Area SEND strategy has been put together by Dudley Council and partners including schools and health organisations.  It sets out in straightforward terms our vision for the Dudley area SEND offer to children and young people (up to age 25) and their families. The strategy highlights our main priorities to help us all to plan and work together over the next two years to secure good outcomes for local children, young people and their families.  

What are we already doing?

There are positive things we are already doing that will help us to deliver our strategy:

  • Our whole system of support for vulnerable children and young people is getting better. Our strategy for special educational needs and disability is a key element of this, supported by our multi-agency SEND Improvement Board which includes our partners in health, education, social care, the voluntary sector and representatives of parents and carers
  • There is an impressive range of skills, experience and resources within local education, social care and health provision to help us achieve our ambitions. Parents, children and young people have shared positive stories about help received, but we can do better
  • Parents, carers, children and young people have a voice and influence on the SEND system, but we need to grow greater opportunities for them to inform and influence local services, sometimes referred to as co-production

Strategic Priorities:

We have identified our three strategic priorities:

Priority 1

Working in partnership with families - Growing a way of working with families and individual young people as the basis for how we plan, deliver and review local provision.

Priority 2

Planning and working together to make the best use of all of our resources – At the heart of this is a stronger approach to joint commissioning and the sharing of ideas, resources and supporting innovation across health, local authority and other partners.

Priority 3

Simplifying help and support so that it is more accessible – This means we will build on the strengths of our local provision to offer the best mix of specialist and mainstream support that reflects the diversity of children and young people’s needs.

Delivering Our Strategy

An early draft of this strategy was shared with all of our partners including the families, children and young people that we are working with. We got a lot of feedback – some positive and some heartfelt and strongly worded contributions that challenge us to do better. That feedback is reflected in this strategy and in the delivery plans that will ensure we turn our strategy into action.

These plans include:

  • Our SEND Improvement Plan
  • The SEND Commissioning Strategy
  • Development plans for Health services
  • The review of SEND school places
  • The reshaping of our SEND operational teams that work directly with children and families

Our multi-agency SEND Improvement Board will work with our partners, stakeholders and local communities to ensure that these plans, supported by our overall SEND strategy, will deliver all of our ambitions for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Strategy documents