Parents across Somerset have given a top rating to recent improvements to Collaborative Outcome Meetings (sometimes referred to as COMs) - meetings which help families, schools, settings, and other professionals that support children or young people to work together to ensure the best outcomes possible.

These meetings are part of the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) process in Somerset, and ensure that individuals who know the child or young person can actively contribute to the assessment process.

The meetings are being rolled out across Somerset and our teams have been working with schools and families to get their feedback. We’ve been pleased to see positive results such as 100% of parents said that they'd score process as 5 out of 5 (Oct to April 22).

Additionally, parents commented:

“I have chosen excellent for all as I feel the overall experience has been great. I have been informed all the way and everything has been explained to me along the way making the process easier to understand. Everyone involved has been great and really helpful.”

“It was a helpful and collaborative meeting.  Normally you just get paperwork shoved at you, but we really felt part of this process and it was nice to be able to have a voice.”

For more information on the process visit Somerset’s Local Offer Collaborative Outcome Meetings page or speak to your child’s SENCo.

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November 25, 2022

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