SEND Week of Action to be Launched in Stockport

Highlighting the lived experiences of Stockport’s children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will be at the heart of a weeklong campaign.

Leaders in the borough will be raising awareness for the ‘SEND Week of Action’, which is taking place between November 16 and 20.

Throughout the week, discussions will be held with families of children and young people with SEND to offer support and guidance.

There will be a range of activities taking place such as:

• A range of webinars and activities to learn about support and good practice
• Launch of the SEND Strategy on Monday, November 16
• Launch of the Co-Production Charter on Tuesday, November 17
• Launch of the Outcomes Framework on Wednesday, November 18
• One of the SEND Champions will be promoting SEND awareness at Stepping Hill Hospital to staff and families with lanyards, badges and magnets
• Social Media posts to share inspiring stories and facts
• Videos sharing lived experiences

Cllr Colin Foster, Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services and Education said: “Stockport will be raising awareness of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during the 16th – 20th November 2020. This year’s theme will focus the on lived experiences of children, young people with SEND and their families. Throughout the week, there will be a range of webinars and messages to raise awareness of SEND. You can find the full schedule of activities on the Stockport SEND Local Offer
“I urge everybody to get involved regardless of your profession or background. Understanding how living with SEND impacts our most vulnerable members of society and understanding how the smallest things can have a huge impact, is something that everyone can take away with them.”

Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council said: “We want to ensure all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have the best start in life. We want all children and young people to feel supported, confident, resilient and connected to their community. The smallest change can make the biggest difference to people living with SEND and raising awareness is not limited to a week. If you can think of something after the week of action, email us at send-ip@stockport.gov.uk and work with us to raise awareness.”

Andrea Green, Chief Accountable Officer for NHS Stockport CCG said: “We are clear that SEND is everyone’s business. I am delighted to offer my support and commitment to the new co-produced Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Stockport (SEND) Strategy. The lived experience of our SEND community has been crucial in reaching this point of our journey, and we will continue to learn from what they tell us and ensure their voices influence our work and developments going forwards.”

Find out the event schedule on the SEND Website.

Keep up with what’s happening on social media using #OneStockport, #SENDWeekofAction and tag @SMBC_SEND