New young people's national advisory group

06 July 2016

The Council for Disabled Children and KIDS are working together to deliver a new national participation programme with disabled children and young people, and children and young people with SEN.

Funded by the Department for Education for 1 year, the SEND Participation of Young People programme focusses on 5 key elements to enable effective young people’s participation:

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

We are delighted to announce the first national event will be held on Thursday 21st July in Manchester. The Minister for Education, Edward Timpson will provide a key note speech on the cultural change required to make young people’s participation a reality, and how the new Ofsted inspection framework can support local areas to do so.

This free event will be co-produced with Young People  and KIDS, the National Network for Parent Carer forums and NHDS Youth trust will also share lessons and learning, good practice, experiences and challenges to making young people’s strategic participation a success.

For more information, and to book please go to this link. 

  • Are you a disabled young person or a young person with special educational needs aged 14 – 25 living in England?
  • Do you want to help change things for disabled young people and young people with special educational needs?

We want to hear from you!

The Council for Disabled Children and KIDS are forming a new national young people’s advisory group on the SEND reforms.

The group will work together to share their views and experiences to help us understand how disabled children and young people and those with SEN want to receive the support and services they need.

For more information and how to apply please follow this link.


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