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SEND Strategy for Somerset

We want every child and young person to have the greatest possible opportunity to be the best they can be, to be happy, and have choice and control over their life.

We need to transform our services and work together to make sure that the child or young person is at the centre of everything that we do. That way young people, their families, supported by all partners, can raise their aspirations and improve their outcomes.

Our 2016 to 2019 strategy is the partnership response to the challenge to all of us. This is the way we will work with children and young people, and their parent carers, so they are in control and we provide the right help at the right time to support them to be the best they can be.

Our Outcomes

  • Outcome 1 - our families, children and young people report a positive experience of our SEND systems and support, feel empowered and confident to engage and to make decisions.
  • Outcome 2 - timely and accurate assessment and identification of SEND across education, health and care services.
  • Outcome 3 - inclusive and equitable access to good quality local education.
  • Outcome 4 - smooth and effective transitions happen at key points for the child and young person.
  • Outcome 5 - creative partnership working delivers effective, fair and transparent systems and services.

The full Somerset SEND Strategy 2016 to 2019

Our Local Offer Annual Report 2015 and 16

Please visit the Local Offer page to find out what this means in Somerset


The SEND Engagement and Participation Team have been in place since April 2015 and have developed a short video along with a number of useful resources to share their work so far in providing a co-ordinated approach to participation.

To find out more visit the SEND Engagement and Participation Team page.

Somerset County Council's Young People's Champions and their colleagues have been busy recording this video for you to explain what Participation is all about.