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Working with young people with special educational needs in Stockton

As part of their consultation plan for the reform of special educational needs (SEN) provision, Stockton Council asked Youth Focus: North East to run some information-gathering sessions with young people with SEN in a number of schools across the borough.

Through fun and creative sessions, the young people we met talked about the things they liked to do; some of the challenges they faced and a range of solutions to overcome particular barriers; the things they could do themselves and the activities they needed some support with. They also spoke about how they would like to be viewed and treated, as well as what they would like the people who supported them to be like.

As a result of this consultation work, Stockton Council asked Youth Focus: North East to continue to work with the young people. We are looking at how we might build on the ideas they have put forward in order to improve the support they receive and secure better access to activities, services and facilities.

One idea we are exploring is how a young people’s SEN advisory group might work in practice. An advisory group made up of young people with SEN could help to inform and influence thinking about how young people and professionals might work together to overcome some of the challenges the young people face.

We have been moved and inspired by how welcoming and enthusiastic the young people we met have been and look forward to continuing our work with them during 2015.

For further information about this work please contact Jamie Mercer on 0191 440 4410 or via email at [email protected].

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