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Lenehan Review of Experiences and Outcomes in Residential Special Schools and Colleges

January 24, 2017

We, the NNPCF Steering Group, warmly welcome the publication of the Lenehan Review which has been led by Dame Christine Lenehan. The review is looking at the complexities of care for children and young people in residential schools and colleges.

Over the next few days we will be reading this reivew and sharing with our members its main headlines and the potential impact this may have on participation.

Dame Christine will be supported in the review by Mark Geraghty, chief executive of the Seashell Trust, which runs an outstanding residential special school and college for children and young people with complex needs.

Overview

Dame Christine Lenehan is seeking evidence to inform her review into the experiences and outcomes of children and young people in residential special schools and colleges. She would like to receive evidence about:

  • the characteristics of the children and young people currently in residential special schools and colleges;
  • how and why these children and young people come to be placed in residential special schools and colleges;
  • the pattern of provision across the country and how it is commissioned and procured;
  • what good quality support looks like for these children and young people, both pre- and post-placement (including the role of early intervention, family support and community services);
  • the experiences and outcomes of these children and young people and their families, and how these can be improved;
  • how schools and colleges are supported to meet the needs of these children and young people by all agencies;
  • how effectively the workforce in residential special schools and colleges meets the needs of these children and young people; and
  • destinations for these children and young people.

Dame Christine Lenehan is interested in evidence from:

  • people running or working in residential special schools or colleges
  • children and young people who are attending/have attended residential special schools or colleges, and their parents/carers
  • local authorities
  • representative bodies from across the sector
  • academics with an interest in this area

Please send responses to Lenehan.Review@education.gov.uk by 17 March 2017, along with any other enquiries about this call for evidence. For more information please click here.