Portsmouth and Southampton council are working together on a review of the SEND provision for children and young people.
This is to make sure that the services available are those which families want both now and in the years ahead and to make sure there's funding in place to meet these needs.
As part of the review we'll look at some of the following areas:
- Out of city placements – are these right for our children?
- Post 16 provision for students
- Meeting the needs of the growing number of children with autism/social communication needs
- Reviewing the needs of children with severe learning difficulties and what school is best for them as we have limited spaces in special schools
- Use of provision/inclusion centres
- SEND identification and EHCP thresholds How special educational needs and disabilities are identified and the criteria for an educational health care plan to be required
Pippa Cook (formerly the Children's Therapy Service Manager with Solent NHS Trust) and Liz Robinson (Education Support Manager and Principal Educational Psychologist with Portsmouth City Council) are working on the review which will run from June until March 2018. They'll be working closely with parents and carers and professionals, and will provide regular updates throughout the review.