Get involved with our local offer

We would like as many people as possible to be involved in shaping our local offer. We welcome the involvement of parents/carers, young people, partners and voluntary/community groups.

You can help shape the local offer in a number of ways:

  • Attend events that are held to help shape our policies and approaches to supporting children and young people with SEND. Details of events are posted on Pinpoint and through The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service’s (SENDIASS) newsletters.
  • Get in contact with Pinpoint, the local parent/carer forum, who provide parents/carers with opportunities to have their say on services provided for children and young people with SEND. Representatives from Pinpoint attend a variety of local authority and partner strategy and planning meetings to ensure that parents’ views are heard.
  • If you are 14 to 16 years old with autism the Speak Out Council invite you to talk to them about the good stuff and also the problems you might face. They will not use your name, but will pass on your views to Cambridgeshire County Council, Health and other organisations. This helps services improve the way that they work. You can find out about Drop-ins; Consultations; and Speak Out Days on the Speak Out Council webpage (Voiceability website).

If you would like to speak to someone about getting involved, please contact Cambridgeshire's Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS).

Consultations and surveys (Local Offer and SEND)

The Autism Toolkit has been created with the aim of encouraging providers of services, and organisations within Peterborough & Cambridgeshire, to consider their accessibility for children, young people and adults with autism.

Complete the Autism Toolkit Questionnaire

Closing date - 6 August 2021

Autism Toolkit Questionnaire

This questionnaire has been created to gather your views and feedback regarding what the Autism Toolkit has been designed for. There are 5 sections to the Autism Toolkit, these include:

Environment

The physical space in which a service is delivered; this may also include the virtual space where appointments/meetings are held using a virtual platform

Training

How organisations support their staff to understand and be aware of autism, and how to support service users with autism

Communication Methods

How organisations communicate with people with autism

Integration

How organisations work with other organisations in the area to ensure transitions between services are seamless

Communication/Marketing

How organisations communicate information about the service to service users

A new study has been launched to learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns on children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Survey on the impact of COVID-19 (SEND)

Over the next six months, the project team will work with children and young people with SEND their parents/carers and professionals to co-develop key priorities for the future to reduce the long-term effects of COVID-19 and lockdowns for these children.

Special educational needs and disabilities include a range of difficulties or conditions, including those relating to communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health difficulties, and physical/sensory needs, as well as those with disabilities and specific learning difficulties.

The study, funded by the National Institute of Health Research, is being led by researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Health Partners and a steering group of key stakeholders, parents and children and young people with SEND.

The study, which aims to inform policy and funding priorities both locally and nationally is entitled Ask, Listen, Act – Working Together to Inform the Provision of SEND Support for Children after the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The study website is: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/research-centre-in-brain-and-behaviour/expertise/forensic-and-social-research/suicide-and-self-harm-research/looking-back-to-move-forward