FLARE meeting: less jargon, more support!

Last Saturday our FLARE youth group met in London to talk about their experiences of the SEND reforms and how the process could be improved. The group is made up of children and young people aged between 13-25 from across England with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

FLARE members gather in a circle to discuss their ideas.

The group looked at key issues and what might be done to overcome them. Topics discussed included the overuse of jargon and the need for simplification and clear explanation of the disagreement resolution process.

FLARE members had a great time at the meeting. ‘I love the meetings as they allow us to use our experiences, good and bad, to better the experiences of the next generation of children and young people,’ and ‘I really love coming to FLARE and trying to help other people,’ were typical of the responses we received.

To find out more about FLARE, including blogs from the members, click here, and to find out more about the Making Participation Work contract under which CDC and Kids operate FLARE, click here