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Suffolk Parent Carer Network Annual Carers Survey

It is that time of year again when the SPCN annual parent/carer satisfaction survey goes live from 13 October to 9 November.  This is a chance for ALL parents and carers of children and young adults with any additional need to have their say on education, health and social care services within Suffolk, and it is not limited to children/young people with EHCPs, but includes those on SEN Support and those with any additional need and/or disability even if they are not receiving additional support in school.   Every voice is VERY IMPORTANT and it is only through collective voices that we can ever hope to change things.  

The survey can be completed for every child/young person with any additional need within a family, and we need to hear all experiences, whether bad, good or indifferent. 

This year’s survey responses are more important than ever as we will be presenting them to the Department of Education and NHS England at their next Monitoring visit to Suffolk at the end of November.

Patient Carer Satisfaction Survey 2019: https://bit.ly/2VCtlms

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

The Children and Families Act 2014 places statutory duties on NHS, health commissioners and providers to work together with the local authority to ensure that there is adequate and quality support services for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (0-25 years).

This support includes:

  • Early identification of children and young people with SEND and notification to Suffolk County Council
  • Early support offered to children, young people, and their families with SEND and support to others involved in their health care needs
  • Develop effective ways to gain the views of children, young people and their families or their representatives
  • Contribute to the education, health and care needs assessment led by the Suffolk County Council
  • Work with Suffolk County Council to contribute to the SEND Local Offer. The Local Offer website aims to provide information on what services you can expect from local agencies including education, health, and social care.
  • Work in partnership with Suffolk County Council, children, young people and their families to co-produce services to meet the identified health needs and to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group have a Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) to support them and the health services they commission in meeting their statutory duties and responsibilities.

To contact the DCO for NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG & NHS West Suffolk CCG, email wsccg.suffolksend@nhs.net  or telephone 01473 264356

Suffolk County Council has published a SEND Local Offer which tells you about the support and services on offer to children and young people with SEND in their area.

You can read about Suffolk's SEND Local Offer here

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