SEND Champions for Change film and follow up

Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Devon have been working on an amazing film to urge practitioners and other young people that their voices should be heard, not ignored.

A video message, #ListenHearUnderstand, was launched in November and we hope it will go viral. Mel Webb, SEND Local Offer and Participation Officer, said “We know that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are a seldom heard group. We want people to see the film as a call to action. Workers need to ask young people about decisions which affect them, be able to listen to them in different ways, then show that they understand. Children and young people need to know that they have a right to be listened to, heard and understood.”

There was a launch event on 7th November 2018 with representatives from Education, Health and Social Care. After watching the film, practitioners were asked to make a promise to children and young people they work with.

Since the launch event, the young people worked with the Council for Disabled Children to review the pledges and discuss the next steps. The postcards will be sent back to the people who made these promises during the week commencing 18th March 2019.

So if you made a postcard promise, look out for your postcard asking you whether you have kept it!

If you still haven’t seen the film, you can watch it here.

Let us know what you think. Have you changed the way you #ListenHearUnderstand children and young people with SEND? You can: