Working together with children and young people with SEND and their families

In working together, we will:

  • listen, hear their views and try to understand what is behind the challenges they face
  • work together effectively as the best way to provide the right support, in the right place and at the right time
  • work with the whole family to support them to find their own solutions and build on their strengths
  • base our support around their community and provide the help they need as early as possible

Devon’s SEND strategy has been produced in collaboration with families and sets out how we will help improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families. It sets out our vision, key priorities and details of how we will check we are making a difference.

Following an inspection in 2018, Devon County Council and NHS Devon were asked to make improvements. We have published a Written Statement of Action which explains what we are going to do.

You can also read about our SEND transformation programme which intends to change and improve how we support children and young people with SEND and their families.

We also publish some figures about the number of children being supported in Devon along with performance statistics at How Devon is performing.

Get involved

There are opportunities for parents, carers and young people to get involved and have your say to help shape SEND services across Devon.

You can also join the Disability Network which brings with it a range of benefits.

Of course, things sometimes go wrong so we have provided this guidance on what you should do if you want to raise a concern or make a complaint.


Guidance, policies and resources to help professionals working in schools can be found at Policies and resources for schools.