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Institutions Approved Under Section 41

Under the new Code of Practice, we must publish the list of independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools - England and Wales and Special Post-16 Institutions) approved by the Secretary of State under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014. See the published…

Joint statement from Suffolk Parent Carer Network and Suffolk County Council

November 2019 The management board of SPCN are humbled by the number of responses that we have received to our 2019 survey. The completed surveys have increased by over 50% on our 2018 figure and we received over 5300 comments.  We appreciate that many individuals…

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme

The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme is a world-first. It is the first national programme of its kind aimed at making improvements to the lives of people with learning disabilities. Reviews are being carried out with a view to improve the standard and quality…

Learning Together: Peer support to help SEND families plan for the future

A new FREE course has been developed to help families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) plan for the future. Based on Suffolk County Council’s SEND 16+ Transitions Guide, the course covers a range of issues to help young…

Leisure Activities and Short Breaks

Since April 2011 every local authority has a duty to provide a range of short break services for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. Short breaks enable disabled children and young people to do many of the fun exciting activities non-disabled children…

Letter from Minister Ford, 2nd September 2020

As minister with responsibility for special educational needs, I wanted to write to you about support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to return to school. Read the Letter from Minister Ford to children and young people with SEND, their…

Life in Lockdown - interviews with parent carers

When Britain locked down in March 2020, life as we knew it took a strange and new turn. We wanted to know how families of children with SEND were finding things, so between April and June 2020 we asked any parent carers who wanted to,…

Life in Lockdown - interviews with young people

Over the summer of 2020 we worked with the team at the Engagement Hub to chat to some young people with SEND about how they’d found lockdown. You can find out what they told us by clicking the tabs below. If you are a young…

Local Offer Advisor - here to help!

The Local Offer aims to provide information about support services and opportunities for children and young people with SEND all in one place. Do you have a question about Suffolk's Local Offer? Need help finding information or want to discuss what services are available? You…

Minister Ford open letter to the SEND sector 9/11/2020

On Saturday 31 October, the Prime Minister announced New National Restrictions which came into force on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). I know that a return to national restrictions will be a source of great anxiety…