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NNPCF Position Statement – Renewed Focus on Culture and other Changes to Improve Lives and Outcomes of CYP with SEND

June 17, 2016

Recent comments on social media were discourteous and offensive towards Parent Carers and Children and Young People with SEND. Parent Carer Forums across England are working hard with their Local Authorities and Education, Health and Social Care employees, many of whom, like us are striving to effectively embrace and are working towards the real change the new law sought to provide in their local areas. We are all striving to bring about the culture change necessary to deliver the better lives and outcomes promised by the Children and Families Act.

Below you will find the NNPCF Steering Group’s Position Statement on the matter. We believe like others, that these situations give us an opportunity to reflect on why we are here, what that culture change means, and the challenges to it. This is about more than person centred planning. It is about empowerment, equality, participation and enablement. It is about listening and making a journey together – at an individual, operational and strategic planning level.

Participation and coproduction is the most important element and the necessary transformational changes for children and young people with SEND cannot happen without it. Working in coproduction with families also does not mean spending more – it means spending what you have wisely so that it meets actual needs.

NNPCF Position Statement – Renewed Focus on Culture and other Changes to Improve Lives and Outcomes of CYP with SEND

NNPCF Position Statement - Renewed Focus on Culture and other Changes to Improve Lives and Outcomes of CYP with SEND