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This consultation closes on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Strategy is a key element in delivering aspects of the Torbay Children and Young People’s plan for 2014-2019 and Torbay’s Strategy for Achieving Educational Excellence Everywhere for 2016 to 2020. These plans aim to give all children and young people the best start in life so they are safe, happy and healthy to reach their full potential.

Through the adoption of this strategy it is our intention to further join up help across education, health and care, from birth to 25. Ensuring help is offered at the earliest possible point, with children and young people with SEND and their parents fully involved in decisions about their support and what they want to achieve. This will help lead to better outcomes and more efficient ways of working.

It sets out our strategy for improving outcomes and life chances for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across the local area. We have led the strategy and recognises that its success lies in the effectiveness of the partnership between all stakeholders. The strategy sets out what the local area will aim to achieve through partnership arrangements between the us, educational settings, parents/carers, children and young people, other agencies and services in health and social care, including adult services and the voluntary sector.

We would now like to hear your views on the draft SEND strategy. The action plan will be populated in partnership with key stakeholders including representatives of young people with SEND and their families. Partners from education, health and social care will also be included in the consultation to ensure a consistent and shared approach towards improvement activity.

Please email any feedback you have to SENDreforms@torbay.gov.uk.