Children and young people with special educational needs and the experiences of services

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Summary of report content

The views and opinions of children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are often overlooked and most common engagement methods are not designed to engage this group or facilitate their feedback. Often the views of their parents or carers are sought rather than those of the CYP. Engaging directly with CYP with SEND can be a challenge, but a little creativity can deliver amazing results. Moreover, CYP with SEND experience significant health and social inequalities3 and the more their voice is heard the more this can be addressed. Since September 2015, Healthwatch Northamptonshire (HWN) has engaged with CYP with SEND using a variety of activities and methods. Through attending events run by partner organisations and by delivering assemblies and Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) lessons in schools we spoke to 230 CYP with SEND, either face to face (74) or via their completion of a survey (156). The key findings in the report include the majority of the 74 CYP that HWN engaged with at the SENDsation day reported having had a good experience with their doctor, dentist or at the hospital. 85% of the 156 CYP with SEND who answered our survey felt that there was nothing about their health and wellbeing that worried them. 56% of CYP with SEND who answered our survey said they had been bullied, including children as young as 11. 16% said they had bullied others. More females reported having been bullied than males. 22% of CYP with SEND who answered our survey reported that they had selfharmed, including children as young as 12. 85% of CYP with SEND who answered our survey felt that there wasn’t anything about their health and wellbeing that worried them at the time. Weight was the most common concern amongst those that were worried. Using innovative methods it is possible to engage with CYP with SEND.

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General details

Report title 
Children and young people with special educational needs and the experiences of services
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Northamptonshire
Date of publication 
Friday, 1 July, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 July, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 1 July, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6434

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
156
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.