Voice of the child with SEND

In St Helens we are striving to do things differently than we have done before. Rather than consulting with children and young people, we are enabling them to lead the way. This will take time, but we hope that what we achieve together will be so much better.

We have a project underway where children are talking about the people who help them and what helps them to have a say. This will lead to the children sharing with everyone their ideas on what helps them to be involved and to have a say. The children, young people and our Young Advisors presented their ideas to the Improvement Board and that the next step is for the SEND voice of the child group will be developing the statements further to influence how services support children.

We also have pulled together what is important to people about what we call 'Voice of the child'. We think it is important to build relationships and trust in order to help children to have a say.

We have worked with with children, parents, carers and professionals throughout the creation of the NEW Local Offer and have tried to build as many of their comments into the development of the site as possible. Work continues with the Listen4Change group and as such we are looking to create a new and improved offering that will meet everyone's requirements.

You will find further information about our work with children and young people, and the Voice of the Child in the Related Documents and Related Pages to the right of the page

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The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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