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New SEND survey launched to gather parents' views


Hackney's independent parent-carer forum has launched a major survey to gather views from local families with children and young people who have special education needs and disabilities.

HiP is using the survey to collect evidence on how the new SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) system is working to improve the lives of disabled children in Hackney.

Latest estimates suggest there are around 11,962 disabled children and young people living in Hackney though only a fraction, around 1,200 have needs supported by an Education Health and Care Plan.

The forum will share the findings with local services and with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who are carrying out a programme of area SEND inspections.

It is not known when the inspectors will arrive in Hackney but the survey will help to provide hard evidence of local families' experiences.

SEND areas inspections look at all services for disabled children in the area and assess how well local authorities and health services identify and meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.

The survey runs until 27 April and seeks views from parents of children with SEND aged 0-25.

You can complete the online survey here.

If you need help to complete the survey or cannot access the survey online, email HiP on info@hiphackney.org.uk or call Ann Marie on 07985 739851. Paper copies are available at the Hackney Ark resource centre.