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Halton SEND Strategy 2021-2025 Consultation

About the strategy

The SEND Strategic Group is a sub-group of the Halton Children’s Trust, a multi-agency Strategic Partnership.  The Children’s Trust exists to improve outcomes for all children, young people and their families in Halton by all organisations and the local community working together.

Together we have developed a new Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Strategy 2021-2025, we believe that children and young people with SEND in Halton deserve the right support to meet their needs, fulfil their aspirations and achieve their goals. 

Your thoughts on our plans are very important to us. We would like to invite you to take part in this consultation to tell us your views by completing this short survey it should only take about 15 minutes of your time.

Your feedback on this will help us to improve our services so we can better support children, young people, parents and carers in the future.  

This consultation period will run from Monday 8th March 2021 to Friday 23rd April 2021.

If you would like a hard copy to be sent out in the post for your completion, please contact us on Tel: 0151 511 8661.

The SEND Strategic Group will consider all your consultation feedback before producing the final Halton SEND Strategy 2021–2025 for agreement by the Halton Children’s Trust and with their approval the new strategy will be published. 

Your voice counts

Thank you for your time – your participation in this important consultation is appreciated.

How to complete this survey:

We have tried to make the survey as easy as possible to complete.

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Our Vision

Halton Children’s Trust recognises the right for all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) in Halton to lead an ordinary life free of stigma or labels with access to the same opportunities as their peers.  

This will mean that all children and young people in Halton are always: 

  • valued and inspired;
  • included;
  • active, physically and mentally healthy;
  • safe;
  • empowered to make choices that shape their lives;
  • appropriately supported.
Do you agree or disagree with our proposed vision?  Please X one box only


We believe that all: 

  • the rights enshrined in The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child should underpin this strategy, and should be at the heart of our practice;
  • needs are best supported when we work together valuing and respecting the views of children, young people, families and professionals;
  • children and young people with SEND have the right to lead an ordinary life;
  • all children and young people are entitled to a mainstream education wherever practicable;
  • all children and young people have the right to access high quality provision to meet their education, health and care needs within their local community;
  • resources should be targeted to meet the needs of children, young people and their families and not the needs of services.
Do you agree or disagree with our proposed principals?  Please X one box only

Our Key Outcomes

Priority 1: Working Better Together

How will we know we have achieved it? 

  • Families will have to repeat themselves less.
  • Increase in 3-way (education, health and social care) personal budgets and jointly commissioned services.

Priority 2: Preparing for Adulthood 

How will we know we have achieved it? 

  • Increase in employment and independent living.
  • Improved health outcomes for young people with SEND/Learning Disability.

Priority 3: Empowerment (Communication and Co-production) 

How will we know we have achieved it? 

  • Families will feel well supported, able to understand, shape and the system better.
  • Accessible, jargon-free information will have been co-produced and readily available to all.

Priority 4: Educational Inclusion 

How will we know we have achieved it? 

  • Education progress and achievement will be in line with national benchmarks.
  • More pupils with EHCPs educated within mainstream schools, with fewer pupils educated outside the Borough.
Are these the right eight big things we need to focus on?  Please X one box only

Our Priorities

We believe the following four priorities will help us to drive the work of Halton Children’s Trust to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND: 

Priority 1: Working Better Together

By working better together children, young people and their families will have confidence that their needs will be met at the right time.  Delivered by services that fully embrace inclusive approaches through co-ordinated systems, processes and practice.

Priority 2 Preparing for Adulthood

By delivering and achieving Halton’s Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) vision, we will maximise young people and their families’ independence and plans for adult life.

Priority 3: Empowerment (Communication and Co-production)

By improved communication and co-production with children, young people and their families, they will be more empowered to understand, influence and shape the system that can help and support them to ensure their needs are met.

Priority 4: Educational Inclusion

By ensuring that Halton has inclusive schools and educational learning/provision, children, young people and their families will be robustly supported to engage, participate and fulfil their potential.

Do you think delivering these priorities will improve the lives of children, young people and their families?  Please X one box only

Priority 1 Working Better Together we will:

  • Develop and monitor a set of creative and challenging outcomes measures to improve collective understanding about where we currently are in Halton delivering SEND services.
  • Improve the promotion of (use and access to) the learning disability annual health checks at 14 years+ and hospital passports to better support and meet the needs of young people.
  • Review, revise and further embed the SEND Joint Commissioning Framework and principles to improve outcomes for children and young people and drive efficiency and practice improvement across partners.
  • Improve Halton’s “tell it once” approach through more streamlined and family centred processes across the system. We will move towards an integrated multi-agency plan that co-ordinates all the support required to deliver positive outcomes for the child.
  • Ensure that the health provision/support in schools and with individual children is effectively commissioned and delivered to meet local need e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy etc.
  • Ensure children are able to access education through the efficient joint commissioning of specialist equipment and that equipment pathways are transparent and well understood.
  • Improve early identification of SEND in the early years and develop an integrated response to ensure a “right support, right time, right level” approach is provided.
  • Make sure that commissioned services are accessible to children and young people with SEND and that our commissioning processes support children and young peoples’ right to an ordinary life.
In working better together, are these the right objectives we need to focus on?  Please X one box only

Priority 2 Preparing for Adulthood working together we will:


  • To further develop multi-agency pathways including the transition from Children’s to Adults’ services, for universal health assessments and health action plans to be implemented for all assessments. These will improve earlier identification, intervention, the support required by children and young people and improve strategic planning for provision.
  • Equip young people to be empowered, confident and able to make decisions about their life and manage their own health.

Education and Employment

  • Improve the range and choice of educational provision across all key stages but particularly at Key Stage 4 and post 16.
  • Have in a place a clear pathway to employment that provides a wide range of opportunities through education; including further development of supported internships; that lead to paid work and a career.
  • Recognise the importance of transition in children’s lives and support children to effectively transition to their next phase of education and employment.

Community Inclusion

  • Create a SEND friendly Borough with inclusive communities by developing and delivering a programme of challenge and support to improve independence, quality of life, social inclusion and opportunities etc.
  • Ensure that young people have access to robust information, advise, support and guidance that meets their needs which enables seamless transitions

Independent Living

  • Increase the use of assistive technology and equipment to support independence.
  • Ensure that vulnerable young people including those with SEND have access to universal and targeted youth services, support that recognises their vulnerability to exploitation and improves their education of areas such as, illegal substances, social media, healthy relationships etc
  • Ensure there is sufficient provision of appropriate accommodation and care to support independent living.
In preparing for adulthood, are these the right objectives we need to focus on?  Please X one box only

Priority 3: Empowerment (Communication and Co-production) working together we will:

  • Develop a Co-production Charter with children, young people and parents/carers to set out our commitments and the value of parent/carer, child and young person’s voice. The charter will have accountability at its heart and be supported by a programme of workforce development across the system.
  • Ensure that children, young people and their parents/carers are made aware of their right to access easy-read, jargon free, impartial information, advice and support.
  • Ensure high quality, accessible communication and support is available to children, young people and their parents/carers through regular updates and information sharing via the Local Offer, Halton SENDIASS, Halton SEND Carer Forum (HSCF), SEND Strategic Group etc.
  • Further develop and maintain a co-produced accessible, accurate and comprehensive Local Offer.
  • Develop regular feedback processes for parents/carers, children and young people to ensure that we are delivering what they need.
  • Maximise transparency and accessibility of all our processes.
  • Celebrate the achievements of our children and young people.
  • Continue to work effectively with children, young people and their parents/carers. Ensuring that their outcomes are evaluated with them appropriately.
  • Increase the wider shared understanding of what we mean by ‘independence’ to enable young people to take measured risks e.g. increase the use of Independent Travel Training.
  • Co-producing a workforce development toolkit that supports an inclusive culture, high standards and the fulfilment of everyone’s potential.
For empowerment (communication and co-production), are these the right objectives we need to focus on?  Please X one box only

Priority 4 Educational Inclusion working together we will:


  • Improve schools ability to support children and young people with SEND in settled school placements.
  • Increase the number of places and range of specialist provision locally available to meet the needs of children and young people, including early years settings.
  • Improve attendance rates for pupils with SEND in mainstream and increase schools’ ability to offer a full timetable to all pupils.
  • Improve schools’ confidence and understanding to deliver provision to children and young people with SEND in order to increase access to mainstream education of children and young people with EHCPs.


  • Foster and support schools and settings to have nurturing and enabling environments to ensure that the individual needs of children and young people are well met and that they are fully included.
  • Ensure that inclusion funding for early years settings is accessible, timely and supports inclusion.
  • Have clear, easily understood processes and improved access to the required support for example, equipment, personal budgets etc.
  • Develop and maintain a range of outreach services to support children and young people to remain in mainstream education.


  • Improve the progress and attainment rates for children and young people at SEN Support and with EHCPs across all key stages.
  • Implement a clear graduated response, built on the foundation of Quality First Teaching that includes user-friendly guidance and a package of support for schools/settings to assist more effective early identification and intervention at SEN support.
  • Ensure that an alternative provision offer that meets the needs of Halton’s children and young people is developed (Sufficiency Strategy).
  • Ensure that every child has access to a developmentally appropriate and varied curriculum tailored to meet their needs.


  • Provide high quality individual support plans and EHCPs with clear and appropriate outcomes.
  • Ensure health and care needs assessments are undertaken as part of the EHC process to make plans more holistic.
  • Ensure that the EHCP assessment and review process is clear, transparent and well understood across all agencies, partners and in particular with young people and families.
  • Increase the access and availability of personal budgets.
  • Enable structured emotional health and well-being support to children and young people which considers the specific needs of children and young people with SEND.
  • Provide good wraparound post diagnostic support by appropriately trained staff to children, young people and their families.
Are these the right objectives we need to focus on for educational inclusion?  Please X one box only

Keeping you informed

How would you like to be kept informed of the progress we are making in delivering this SEND Strategy?  Please X all that apply

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The Council does not collect personal information in this survey which means the information you provide is anonymous. 

Please be assured all your answers will be stored in accordance with our responsibilities under the the Data Protection Act 1998, the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and the Data Protection Act 2018.  We have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We do not sell or pass on your details to any third party unless you give us permission, or if we are legally obliged to do so, or it is for the prevention or detection of crime or fraud. 

You can read more about the Council’s Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities privacy statement here: SEND Privacy Notice 

You may also wish to read more about the Council’s privacy statement here: www.halton.gov.uk/privacypolicy.

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