As many families are aware Essex County Council are undergoing a restructure of their SEND Services, including the Statutory Assessment Service and the Specialist Teacher Team.   There are many rumours around the changes that are taking place and, consequently, significant concerns about how this will affect children, young people and their families.  

Essex Family Forum, along with representatives of a number of parent support groups throughout Essex, attended an event with Essex County Council at the end of September to discuss how ECC can best inform parents about these changes. 

The OFSTED/CQC Inspection did delay the work on this, but we anticipate that a broad outline of the changes being implemented in 2020 will be shared with parents in early November, after half-term. 

However, this restructure will not be the final picture of SEND in Essex, there is a lot of shared work to be done between Essex County Council, Essex Family Forum and all the support groups, who wish to be involved, on developing the future SEND Strategy for Essex.

   Watch this space……