Building the Participation of Children and Young People with SEND.

Department for Education have jointly commissioned KIDS with the Council for Disabled Children to deliver a new national participation programme with disabled children and young people, and those with SEN.

Find out how we have adapted the service during COVID-19

This  programme is funded by the Department for Education and focusses on 5 key elements to facilitate effective participation of young people:

  1. A practitioner’s survey to assess the extent of young people’s strategic participation
  2. Three national awareness-raising conferences to share learning and good practice
  3. Provision of support to local areas to improve young people’s participation
  4. A new national young people’s group to provide advice on the SEND reforms to government
  5. Three pilot regional young people’s engagement participation teams to work with local authorities to develop their participation and share good practice

More professionals are seeing the importance of young people’s participation, but there is still work to be done at national and local levels to ensure that disabled children and young people and those with SEN:

  • Can influence national and local policy and practice development
  • That their voices become embedded within strategic participation locally
  • They understand the changes to the law and how it affects them

We are working to support practitioners to understand how to involve disabled children and young people, and those with SEN in decisions about their support and care; and also in influencing services and their delivery their local area.

What is Participation - from the perspective of young people 

These are the groups we currently run:

  1. Stockport Wellbeing and Young People's Engagement Group
  2. Hull Young Persons Engagement Group
  3. Shake Up South West - Young Person's Engagement Group
  4. KIDS Heroes  South Gloucestershire
  5. East Riding Young Persons Engagement Group

Download our factsheets

Get involved

We welcome contact from other groups who are working with disabled children and young people, and those with SEN to support the facilitation of as wide a range of young peoples’ views into our regional groups as possible.

We are providing a telephone voicemail line for professionals from local authorities. Let us know if you would like us to support you to develop participation in your area, if you would like to share good practice examples or if you would like to work alongside other local authorities to develop participation strategies.

Contact our voice mail service 0121 362 4572.

Please leave a message and someone will get back to you to discuss how we can help.

For information on the local and regional work please contact Paul Crawte at [email protected]

For more information about the national events please contact Jo Carr on [email protected]