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Update on the East Sussex SEND Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the parent carers who participated in the recent survey for the East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum, East Sussex County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Amaze worked together to develop the survey to ask parents and carers for their views. The aim of the survey was to understand what is important to you, what is working well to support your children and young people with SEND, and where there are gaps or improvement needed in local provision. The survey closed mid-March and the findings are now being analysed.

What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment?

As part of the development of the new SEND strategy for East Sussex, Public Health and ISEND (Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) teams at East Sussex County Council are undertaking a needs assessment to look at the needs of the local population, and the extent to which these are being met by current provision and support services. This involves gathering data and feedback, to help shape and prioritise the planning and delivery of local SEND services in the coming years. The findings from this needs assessment will directly inform the approach to future provision in the county.

The report and an executive summary will be published in full on the East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) website in the spring of 2021 and we will update you on progress in the next newsletter.

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