Additional Needs

At Surrey Youth Focus, we are passionate about improving the system to serve everyone equally. We actively seek to improve opportunities and support for children with additional needs and their families, and work closely with partners across Surrey to understand the needs of disabled children and young people aged 0—25 and to amplify their voices. This insight enables us to contribute to the county’s SEND  (special educational needs and disabilities) strategy and support service developments.

Additional Needs

At Surrey Youth Focus, we are passionate about improving the system to serve everyone equally. We actively seek to improve opportunities and support for children with additional needs and their families, and work closely with partners across Surrey to understand the needs of disabled children and young people aged 0—25 and to amplify their voices. This insight enables us to contribute to the county’s SEND  (special educational needs and disabilities) strategy and support service developments.

0-4 SEND Transformation

We want families with young children who have additional needs or are not developing as expected to be able to access information, advice and support easily and when it is needed. We are working with colleagues from social care, education, health and the third sector on a system-wide transformation of pathways, services and support provided to families with children aged 0-4 years with additional needs. SYF is co-leading work (with Family Voice) that will support families with young children who have additional needs to live well and feel supported in their local community.

0-4 SEND Transformation

We want families with young children who have additional needs or are not developing as expected to be able to access information, advice and support easily and when it is needed. We are working with colleagues from social care, education, health and the third sector on a system-wide transformation of pathways, services and support provided to families with children aged 0-4 years with additional needs. SYF is co-leading work (with Family Voice) that will support families with young children who have additional needs to live well and feel supported in their local community.

SEND Network

Surrey’s Voluntary, Community and Faith sector (VCFS) SEND Network seeks to enhance partnership working and the sharing of information to help inform the decisions and support provided to children with SEND and their families. If you are looking for SEND representation on strategic boards and transformation groups, please contact one of the network co-chairs (SYF/Family Voice/YMCA East Surrey).

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SEND Network

Surrey’s Voluntary, Community and Faith sector (VCFS) SEND Network seeks to enhance partnership working and the sharing of information to help inform the decisions and support provided to children with SEND and their families. If you are looking for SEND representation on strategic boards and transformation groups, please contact one of the network co-chairs (SYF/Family Voice/YMCA East Surrey).

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All Age Autism Strategy

We are supporting Surrey County Council in their work on the All Age Autism Strategy. This work brings together the thoughts and needs of autistic children and young people, autistic adults, family carers and Surrey SEND professionals to achieve an autism-friendly approach across the county, spanning education, health, social care, work and communities. The aim is that services have a more joined-up, proactive, timely and autism-accessible offer, and to promote a cultural shift so that community and service settings are understanding and welcoming for autistic children and adults.

Graduated response  

Graduated response refers to the way in which services in Surrey work together with parents/carers, schools and other settings to improve the outcomes for children and young people with SEND. We are supporting Surrey County Council to ensure that there is a wide and diverse SEND offer available, that children and young people’s needs are identified at the earliest opportunity, and that the most appropriate support is put in place.

Useful SEND resources