If children and young people are to achieve their best, we must put their voice at the centre of any planning.
Children and young people with SEND often find it difficult to express their views and it can be helpful to think about alternatives ways they can do this.
Below are some links to information and resources which families we've worked with have found helpful:
- 'All about me' (PowerPoint template for children and young people)
- Notes for using 'All About Me' template (PDF)
- PATH explanation
- PATH - participants guide (PDF)
Our service for children and young people
We offer advice and support to young people directly and can help them work out what they would like to say and explore alternative methods for doing this with them:
Watch this video from the Council for Disabled Children explaining the importance of person-centred planning:
- Factsheet explaining the Person-Centred Approach (PDF)
- Key topics to cover at Annual Reviews yr 9 onwards (from 'Preparing for Adulthood')
The Council for Disabled Children have some information about:
- 'How to share your views in an Annual Review' Factsheet for young people from their youth advisory group (FLARE)
- Children's rights to be listened to (PDF)
- Helping young people to participate in their Education, Health and Care plan (for professionals supporting young people)
The Suffolk SEND 16+ Transitions Guide (PDF) for information about young people moving beyond year 11.
Voiceability - for advocacy services in Suffolk
The SEND YP Network in Suffolk (Young people with SEND helping to shape services in Suffolk)
www.helensandersonassociates.co.uk (Social enterprise working to create person-centred change)
www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk (Equality for young people with SEND as they move into adulthood)
Preparing for adulthood - our information, advice and further links