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Building the Participation of Children and Young People with SEND.
The Department for Education has jointly commissioned Kids with the Council for Disabled Children to deliver a national participation programme with disabled children and young people, and those with Special Educational Needs.
The programme is funded by the Department for Education as part of the wider Participation and Family Support programme, which is delivered by the Participation, Information and Advice consortium. Consortium members are Kids, Council for Disabled Children, National Network of Parent Carer Forums and Contact.
The Making Participation Work element is delivered by Kids and Council for Disabled Children
Making Participation Work facilitates:
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:
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.
These are the groups we currently run:
We welcome contact from other groups who are working with disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, to join The Collective and to support the facilitation of a wide a range of young peoples’ views into our work.
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. You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Although the primary focus of our work is the development of children and young people’s participation operationally and strategically we are recognising the benefits of collaboration with parents and carers to do the following:
Kids have been developing opportunities to enhance the participation of children and young people forums by learning from the experiences of parent carer forums. How they work with local authorities, health practitioners and other organisations to improve services, be part of decision making and generally be heard in matters affecting their children/families. NNPCF have worked hard to have the strategic voice and presence now recognised by all and it is essential we use their experience to grow the strategic voice of children and young people alongside.
We are working closely with Contact and the NNPCF to scope out where forums are working together with young people, what benefits this has and how others may develop their work to better collaborate. We are collecting examples of good practice from across all NNPCF member forums and hope to share these as case studies moving forwards; enabling more cohesive work, shared empowerment and more positive impact to be made. If you have anything you feel happy to share please do get in touch via email. Thank you to the ones that have already sent some great examples.
The Collective, an assembly of forums and YP participation groups, spoke about working together with their local parent/carer forums, what this could look like and how to make it easier. This was also discussed with parents and carers at the Contact conference, sharing ideas and both groups said it would be useful to start by knowing more about each other. We are looking for forums to be part of this exciting work and work alongside their local young people’s group, supporting the identification of positive projects and following co-production work. Please email us to register interest or find out more.