East Sussex SEND survey

Closed 9 Mar 2021

Opened 16 Feb 2021

Feedback updated 1 Sep 2021

We asked

East Sussex County Council’s SEND team commissioned a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of the local area to find out what was going well for children, young people and their families and what could be improved. The outcome of the review will help the team, working with partners, to develop a strategy for 2022-24 which puts in place improvements and build on the successes.

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After reviewing the current position across education, health and social care provision and services, the JSNA made recommendations for improvements including prioritising prevention, early identification and intervention; improving processes and capacity of services with the longest waiting time for assessment and treatment; and improving access to, and increasing provision for mental health support. The report also highlighted areas where the ISEND service can build on successes including the continuing efforts to ensure the involvement of children, young people and their families in the development of provision and SEND training in schools.

As well as informing the SEND strategy, the outcome of the JSNA will help East Sussex County Council and partners set joint commissioning priorities, ensuring the appropriate support is in place for children and young people across East Sussex.


East Sussex County Council is looking to improve the outcomes and life experiences of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The knowledge, insight and lived experiences of our parents and carers means that, in order to get this right, it's crucial your voices are heard.

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum, East Sussex County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Amaze have worked together to develop a survey to ask parents and carers for their views. We want to understand what is important to you, what is working well to support you, and where there are gaps or there is improvement needed to local provision.

The survey is structured so that you can complete it once regardless of how many children you have who are receiving SEND services or support. It should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

To request this survey in another language or additional format, such as easy read, please call or email us. If you know someone who isn't online and they need help to complete the survey they can contact East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (call them on 0300 770 1367).

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey today.

Why your views matter

As a part of the development of the new SEND strategy for East Sussex, Public health and ISEND teams at East Sussex County Council are undertaking a needs assessment to look at the needs of our 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.

What happens next?

The findings from this needs assessment will directly inform how we approach 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.

Privacy information

By taking part in this survey, you will be giving consent for your responses to be used anonymously with teams across the council and health, in order to improve services.

You do not need to give us your name (so you can stay totally anonymous). However, you do have the option at the end of survey to provide your contact details if you would like them passed on to Amaze or East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF) or you would like to enter the prize draw to receive a £50 Love to Shop voucher (there are three x £50 vouchers available). Prize draw terms and conditions can be found below or in the relevant survey section. 

Your contact details will be held in the system until the survey is deleted, but they will only be used for the purposes set out above and in the relevant section. More information on how will store and process your data.


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