In 2016 Healthwatch carried out a survey of parents and carers of children and young people to gather their views on the new EHC plans. In order to gather the views of parents and carers of children at SEN Support, the School Improvement Service SEN Team were asked to survey parents and carers of children and young people in the city.
Following a meeting with the School Improvement Service SEN Team and the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service Lead Specialist, a questionnaire was devised by the Lead SENCOs within the SEN Team. The questionnaire was designed with scaled options to 6 questions including an option to comment on each question. The electronic survey, for parents and carers of children and young people between 0―25 years at SEN Support in Newcastle, was available on the Local Offer during April and May 2017. The survey was promoted through the SENCO networks, within schools, shared by parent / carer forums through their Facebook pages and reminder emails sent out to colleagues.
135 responses were received from parents and carers of children in 48 different schools. The survey was intended for parents and carers of children and young people at SEN Support, however, of the 135 responses, 23 were from specialist provisions and 4 responses from parents of children out of area. On the whole, parents and carers with children and young people in specialist provisions are happy with the support their child receives. However, it is highly likely that these families would have a child or young person with an EHC Plan or a statement. As the survey was intended for children and young people on SEN support, the results of the 23 responses from specialist provisions have been removed from the data in the findings below.
The following data shows the results of the 112 responses for children and young people on SEN Support. It should be noted that this is a very small return as there are currently over 5000 children and young people at SEN Support in Newcastle. The return represents 0.02% of this population and therefore significant caution must be applied when interpreting the results. Nevertheless, it is hoped that they will form a starting point for future discussion.