Factsheet #6: Developing a Supportive Environment

For children and young people with SEND to reach their full potential, they need effective, flexible support in a wide range of areas. While these support needs will differ for each individual, all good support starts in an environment in which all adults, children and young people see support as a positive element of a child or young person’s life.


This resource has been co-produced with children and young people to provide guidance on developing an environment which is responsive to disabled children and young people’s support needs, and views them in a positive light. It consists of two mutually reinforcing aspects: ‘building a supportive environment’ and ‘talking about support needs’.