Hertfordshire County Council is preparing to launch a new strategy outlining its commitment to delivering and improving services for children and young people in the county aged up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families and carers.
There are around 36,000 children and young people in Hertfordshire with an identified SEND need. This is equivalent to around 13.3% of pupils in Hertfordshire schools – slightly higher than the England rate of 12.2%.
The SEND Strategy will cover the period 2022 – 2025 and has been produced with input from people with SEND and their families as well as professionals working in the sector. Herts and West Essex Integrated Care System (which brings together health and social care organisations) and Herts Parent Carer Involvement were also involved.
At the heart of the strategy is SEND is everybody’s business and there are five main areas of focus:
Succeeding – Support all children and young people with SEND to achieve their potential and success in all areas of life.
Enabling – Continue to develop a skilled workforce to deliver SEND services or support.
Collaborating – Organisations working together to deliver the right services at the right time.
Tailoring – Planning and delivery of personalised, flexible services, so individual’s wishes and needs are respected.
Supporting – Ensuring the needs of people with SEND and their relatives/carers are met and there is sufficient and appropriate education, health and social care provision.
Within this some of the actions include:
• More special school places and specialist support in mainstream schools. Some 233 special school places are being developed, particularly in East and West Herts, to balance provision across the county.
• Improved communications so that people are informed of plans and know about the services and support available to help them or the young person they support with SEND.
• Better transition planning and support for when people move from child to adulthood.
Jo Fisher, Director of Children’s Services at the County Council, said: “In Hertfordshire we want all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to be included and valued, so that they can live happy and fulfilling lives. We will have services that will make a difference to families because they are joined up, inclusive, easy to access, close to home and adapt to meet individual’s needs. Hertfordshire will be a county where we’re proud to say that SEND is everybody’s business.”
To tie in with the new strategy the Council is holding a range of events in September and October 2021 to get feedback on the strategy before it is finalised and put to councillors for approval.
Events to share details of the SEND Strategy and obtain feedback
Webinars on Friday 17th September, 10am – 11am, and on Wednesday 29th September 2021, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. You can register for a place via www.hertsparentcarers.org.uk/webinars/
Roadshow type events where organisations from across education, health and social care, including us – Carers in Hertfordshire – will be on hand to discuss the support and services for people with SEND and their carers. People attending will also be able to find out about the strategy and comment on it.
• Tuesday 7th September 2021 at Birchwood Leisure Centre, Hatfield.
• Thursday 16th September 2021 at The Priory, Ware.
• Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at The Niland Centre, Bushey.
• Friday 1st October 2021 at Stevenage Football Club, Stevenage.
All four drop-in events take place from 10am – 2pm.
A competition for Hertfordshire residents aged 0-25 with SEND and their siblings and friends, where they can win one of five £50 Amazon vouchers. The competition is to create a picture to show one of the following – something that makes you happy, what you would like to be when you grow up, or of someone you respect and admire. There are more details about the competition at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/feedback/local-offer-blog/drawing-competition.aspx#DynamicJumpMenuManager_2_Anchor_3 and the closing date is Friday 24th September 2021 at 5pm
If you are unable to join in any of the events, you can still share your thoughts about and suggestions for SEND services in Hertfordshire by emailing
For more information about SEND services in Hertfordshire or the strategy please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/localoffer or call the Council on 01992 555847.