Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group are working in partnership to improve Somerset’s services for children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The work taking place is outlined within the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) and divided into Improvement Priority (IP) areas.
What is Improvement Priority 2 and why does it matter?
What are we aiming for?
What is being done to make this happen?
- Working with our partners (including our parent carer reps) to understand the current situation and how things can be improved.
- Asking new and specific questions in surveys to different groups (young people, parent carers, practitioners), to find out current view points and to enable us to measure improvements over time.
- Mapping the workforce involved in SEND across the whole of the Somerset system.
- Working with experts to design a variety of leadership and culture session aimed at different groups from the autumn onwards in order to learn together and build new networks of professionals and support.
- Create a shared workforce development plan to ensure consistency of SEND knowledge and professional practise.
- Identifying gaps in resource or skill sets and creating a workforce plan focusing on sustainability and quality.
- Establishing quality improvement methodologies and training to get groups of staff working from the same background knowledge to work together on projects in order to make sustainable change.
- We have recruited 72 Inclusion Champions who are undergoing training to work with and support our children, young people and their families across Somerset.
Find out more about Inclusion Champions here.
- We are using an electronic feedback form to “check the pulse” of how people are feeling at any one point in time.
What has been done so far?
- Developed the business case for the leadership development and culture sessions to bring colleagues together and change the narrative.
- Gained commitment and funding to develop and deliver the sessions described above.
- Creating a workforce map so that we can clearly see who is involved in SEND within Somerset and get all areas involved and part of our offer to families.
- Establishing our questions within surveys to set baseline views and ensure measurement.
- Established Quality Improvement Training which is now on offer at Bronze and Silver levels and has led to 2 project groups which are now active.
Who is involved?
Get in touch
If you have any questions about IP2 work please contact SENDImprovement1@Somerset.gov.uk