Have your say on special needs plans for youngsters

Exterior of Peterborough Town Hall EMN-141126-162521009
Exterior of Peterborough Town Hall EMN-141126-162521009

Residents are being urged to have their say on Peterborough City Council’s plans for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The strategy has been co-produced by professionals, parents, carers and young people from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It sets out how both local areas will work to support children, young people and their families with SEND in future.The strategy will affect children and young people aged up to 25 in the city. There is thought to be about 12,500 children and young people between 5-17 years with a diagnosable mental health problem in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and a further 16,361 18-25 years with a diagnosable mental health problem.

The strategy’s aims include helping youngsters chieve in line with, or better than, expectation in their early years, school, further education and training and successfully participate in the community and access meaningful occupation employment and life-long learning opportunities

A council spokesman said: “It is built upon a shared belief that considering and providing for the needs of children and young people with SEND should be ‘everyone’s business’, with the aim of providing high quality multi-agency services which will enable children and young people to thrive.”

The engagement process runs until November 12.

To get involved, visit: www.peterborough.gov.uk/council/consultations/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-strategy-consultation/