Gloucestershire's Joint Additional Needs (including SEND)
In partnership with parent carers and children and young people Gloucestershire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group have an agreed approach across education, care and health for responding to children and young people, aged 0-25 years, with additional needs (including those with SEND)
Gloucestershire's Joint Engagement and Participation Strategy for Services working with Children and Young People with Additional Needs and their Parents and Carers sets out how services want to work in partnership with families to enable effective participation and co-production of services that make a positive difference to children and young people's lives.
Gloucestershire’s Joint Strategy for Children and Young People with Additional Needs, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) sets out the county’s vision to develop and provide services that achieve positive outcomes for children and young people with additional needs.
This strategy has been developed as a partnership with all stakeholders including parents and carers, schools and colleges, health and social care. It replaces the county’s SEND strategy taking into account the engagement with children and young people and their families through our work with the Parent Carer Forum and direct discussions with other parent carers and children and young people’s groups (through schools and youth groups).
All children can have additional needs at some time in their lives and may need support for a short period of time, or for longer. We use the term, additional needs, as an appropriate description of all children and young people in need of support. Crucially, we want all agencies working with children and young people to see the person first and not the category of additional need they may have. The most effective support will be that which builds on their strengths and enables them to become as independent as possible.