Covid-19 Consultation Opportunity

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to all children and young people, and these can be particularly hard for those young people with a special educational need and/or a disability (SEND).

NCB is currently doing a national consultation to hear from children and young people with SEND, aged between 5-25, about the impact of the pandemic on them - how lockdown has impacted their support network, academic goals, and social and emotional wellbeing and what can be learned from this.

Now more than ever we need to create spaces for children and young people with SEND to influence decision making at a strategic level. This consultation will give opportunities to children and young people to share their experiences and voices. The findings will be given to the Department of Education and other key stakeholders to contribute to the national pandemic recovery discussion to support children and young people with SEND to grow their wellbeing and resilience.

The consultation is taking place between February-mid March and it would be great if we could fix a time to speak with one of your groups over Zoom at a date and time that is good for you and them. It could also be that it’s more appropriate for you to speak with your children and young people rather than someone who doesn’t know them - we’re wanting to make this work in whatever way is best for them.

This project is being delivered for us by one of our partner organisations, Kaizen (www.kaizen.org.uk) who have consulted with thousands of children and young people and worked with a wide range of organisations including local authorities, over 400 schools, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, premier league football clubs and London 2012.

We appreciate how busy you are and that this is a tight timeline but we really hope that your children and young people can be part of this. Each child and young person will receive a £15 voucher and certificate for taking part.

We would love to speak with you about one of your groups taking part in this consultation: please contact Nicki Zander, who is leading on this project, to find out more at nicki@kaizen.org.uk or 07939 040972