Have your say – the Portsmouth Young Person’s SEND Survey has launched
The Portsmouth Young people’s SEND (Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities) survey is now open and available for young people aged 13-25 to have their say. The data from the survey will be used to improve existing services and introduce new ones.
To mark the launch of the survey a group of young people with SEND came together at the Central Library on Monday 8 January at a drop-in event where they were able to receive support to complete it.
Councillor Suzy Horton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: “Young people with additional needs deserve to have the very best support on their journey towards independence. This survey will help us understand the impact of what is already offered in the city but what opportunities there are to support this age group moving forwards.
“The Local Offer website already signposts useful resources that can make a real difference to the lives of young people but there is always more we can do.”
Dynamite, a young person’s group in the city, has championed those up to the age of 25 for years and is encouraging as many people as possible to have their say.
Cameron Locke, chairperson at Dynamite said: It is essential children and young people share their views on the services that support them. If we engage with this group of people at an earlier stage, we can make sure what we create, is fit for purpose.
“The survey is just one way we reach children and young people, including regular meetings, events and activities that brings everyone together throughout the year.”
For those who require some support to complete the survey special drop-in events will be held at the Central Library on Wednesday 24 January (2pm – 5:30pm) and Wednesday 14 February (10am – 12:30pm).
Matthew Sidwell who attended the launch event, said: “I think it is important to be able to have my say as I feel it makes a real difference. If you are aged 13-25 years old and live in Portsmouth, I would encourage everyone to get involved as soon as possible.”
If a child or young person is unable to complete the survey, paper versions are available which you can request through email@example.com from Tuesday 23 January.