What is SEND Futures Richmond?
SEND Futures Richmond is the name for the ongoing work to transform the way in which support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is provided in Richmond.
At their meeting on 25 July 2019, Richmond Council's Education and Children's Services Committee endorsed the updated SEND Futures Plan as a working document.
The Plan can be viewed here: Richmond SEND Futures Transformation Plan 2019 (opens a pdf)
An easy read version of the plan can be viewed here: Richmond SEND Futures Transformation Plan 2019 (Easy Read version) (opens a pdf)
A summary of the changes made to the draft Plan following the public consultation in June and July can be seen coloured in red here:
Richmond SEND Futures Transformation Plan 2019 - summary of changes following consultation (opens a pdf)
We know that services for children and young people with SEND are chronically underfunded by central government. Councils across the country are struggling to meet the growing gap between local need for services and the inadequate funding provided by government. In Richmond, this gap will reach £12 million by 2021-22 unless we collectively take action. Richmond Council, Achieving for Children and local schools have been lobbying government for fair funding for the last two years - and you can add your voice to the campaign by visiting this page:
While the campaign for fair funding continues, SEND Futures aims to bring together everyone with an interest in SEND services - parents and carers, children and young people, schools, charities and community groups, health providers, Achieving for Children and the Council - to make the best possible use of the resources available to us.
What is the latest progress?
During November and December 2018, over 100 parents and carers contributed to our consultation on SEND services. You can see how your views have made an impact here:
SEND Futures Richmond - You said, we did (opens a new page)
How can I get involved?
Please make sure you read the feedback in You said, we did. We are using your feedback to develop a SEND Futures Plan for Richmond, which will be jointly owned by all organisations which deliver or commission services for children and young people with SEND. Then visit the page below to find out all the ways you can continue to be involved:
Find out how you can get involved and share your views ( opens a new page)