What comes after education?: We're launching a new nationwide survey on the SEND transition process
We've joined forces with fellow charity National Star to improve the way young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported when they leave education.
Today, we're launching a national survey for young people with SEND and their parents, carers and families. The findings will be shared with the government and other organisations with the long-term ambition of improving the way that young people are supported into adulthood.
Currently, the transition for young people with SEND into adulthood is often described as a difficult and confusing process – made more challenging by the disparities between each council and district having distinct funding and opportunities available, which families and carers must navigate.
“In our discussions with young people, families and professionals, a constant theme is that support which is in place for children often breaks down around the same time they are leaving education,” says Lucy Croxton, Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager at Together Trust.
Mark Lee, Chief Executive at Together Trust said:
“We hope that as many organisations as possible join our efforts to build a national picture of what’s going wrong for children and their families after they leave education. Together, we want to find solutions to improve young people’s transition to adulthood.”
Lynette Barrett, Chief Executive at National Star, said:
“We want to understand the challenges young people and their families are facing once they leave education. The only way we can improve the quality of life for these young people and their families is to work together. The young people have so much to contribute to society if they have the right support.”
The survey for young people is designed to be accessible, allowing responses in both written and verbal formats, and can be found at: https://www.videoask.com/f76uwhste
Additionally, the two charities are launching a survey for parents, carers and families to capture their views on the process of their child leaving education, which can be found at https://togethertrust.typeform.com/aftereducation.
The survey will run until 16 February 2024. For any questions about the surveys, please get in touch with Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org