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Portsmouth SEND Strategic Review June 2017 - March 2018

Address: Portsmouth SEND Strategic Review June 2017 - March 2018, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2EA

The Portsmouth SEND Strategic Review, which commenced in June 2017, was commissioned jointly by Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils.  With a brief to carry out a comprehensive strategic review of the provision for Portsmouth and Southampton children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the key aim was to ensure future demands can be met which are financially sustainable. The review included consideration of the continuum of provision available to meet the range of identified need, as well as the sufficiency of provision going forward.

The review focused on six priorities namely:
1.  Reviewing the use of high cost out of city placements, where   provision is not available locally
2. Meeting the needs of the growing number of children with severe learning difficulties and complex needs, which is currently putting pressure on special school places 
3. Reviewing the availability of post-16 provision for students with SEND, including for those with a sensory impairment
4. Meeting the needs of the growing number of children and young people with autism/social communication needs and associated sensory processing difficulties and challenging behaviour
5. Reviewing the use of inclusion centres
6. Reviewing the identification of SEND and thresholds for requesting EHCP needs assessments

Being a strategic priority of the city and a key factor in the approach to determining provision for children and young people with SEND, inclusion was also included as a priority.

The outcomes have been shared widely throughout the second half of the review and have on the whole been received favourably with further refining of recommendations taking place on the basis of feedback received.

As well as identifying potential future need the review sets out a range of costed options for future provision. 

A number of recommendations are made which have been grouped into:

• Level 1 - require no further consultation, are relatively straightforward to implement and cost neutral
• Level 2 - may require some consultation and planning
• Level 3 - require further consultation and planning, and may require investment / funding

The review will now enter an implementation phase as part of the wider Portsmouth SEND Strategy. This implementation phase will need the active engagement and contribution of a wide range of people.

These recommendations have been discussed at the SEND 0-25 Joint Commissioning Group and this has led to three major areas of work being identified for the coming year:

I) Reducing the need for high cost out of city provision e.g. by developing local residential/respite offer for children with complex needs and autism, possibly in collaboration with Southampton
II) SEN Place planning including special school places, inclusion centre places and post-16 provision
III) Establishment of a SEND 'Hub' incorporating those services that support 0-25 year olds with SEND across education, health and care

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We welcome your comments and feedback on the review which should be directed to SEND strategy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk



Service Category: Education, Education Service

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