Consultation Hub

Welcome to the West Sussex County Council Have Your Say Consultation Hub. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you.  Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc.

Open Consultations

  • Approved Premises License Application – Walled Garden at Cowdray 2021

    Notice of application made under the Marriages (Approved Premises) Regulations 1995, Marriage Act 1949 and Civil Partnership Act 2004 for the Approval of Premises as a venue for Civil Marriage and Registration of Civil Partnerships More

    Closes 5 March 2021

  • Approved Premises License Application – Bury Manor Barn 2021

    Notice of application made under the Marriages (Approved Premises) Regulations 1995, Marriage Act 1949 and Civil Partnership Act 2004 for the Approval of Premises as a venue for Civil Marriage and Registration of Civil Partnerships.Notice of application made under the Marriages (Approved... More

    Closes 16 March 2021

  • Questionnaire for non-operational qualified Social Workers

    A questionnaire relating to available support from non-operational qualified social workers. If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 0330 2223391 or via email at alex.ashman@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist... More

    Closes 31 March 2021

  • Transport Volunteers

    We are seeking volunteers to support with the transportation of patients being discharged from hospital and moved to their next place of care. More

    Closes 31 March 2021

  • WSFRS Incident Monitoring

    Your feedback for this incident is essential if we are to capture good practice and recommendations for the future. Operational Assurance aims • To provide... More

    Closes 11 May 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Approved Premises License Application – The South Lodge Hotel 21

    Notice of application made under the Marriages (Approved Premises) Regulations 1995, Marriage Act 1949 and Civil Partnership Act 2004 for the Approval of Premises as a venue for Civil Marriage and Registration of Civil Partnerships More

    Closed 1 March 2021

  • Digital Support Sessions

    This survey is designed to record every digital support session in libraries; where it happened, when it happened and what topics were discussed. Accessibility Statement If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact... More

    Closed 1 March 2021

  • Your Future - Where are you now?

    What are you doing now? Tell the West Sussex Careers Team. We may have called, texted or written to you recently. You may be wondering why? Part of our job is making sure we know what school and college leavers are doing in Year 12 and 13. Please take a few minutes to let us... More

    Closed 28 February 2021

  • West Sussex Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) Application

    West Sussex County Council have secured £500,000 for early years and childcare providers who offer Free Entitlement (FE) places to help with the challenges of operating during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a temporary package of financial support in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This... More

    Closed 28 February 2021

  • Ordinarily Available Inclusive Practice guide

    The aim of the Ordinarily Available Inclusive Practice (OAIP) guide is to help every member of staff in mainstream schools and settings to understand the types of everyday support and adaptations that can be made as part of normal teaching practice. It has been designed by schools, settings,... More

    Closed 26 February 2021

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

In West Sussex, we want to make sure that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) get the best possible support and help when they need it. We have been working on putting together a new strategy which sets out how we are going to do this for children in their Early Years.

We would like to know what you think of our proposed 'Early Years SEND Support Strategy'. Your views are important to us as we want to make this the best strategy we can create – one that has the greatest impact on making young children with SEND’s lives the best they can be.

You said

We were very grateful for your responses to our consultation.

71% of people who responded to the consultation were Early Years Practitioners, 15% were professionals working with children with SEND, 12% were parents/carers and 2% were other interested parties.

51% said they thought the proposed changes would result in significantly better support for children with SEND in their early years.

52% of people who responded to the consultation said they felt the proposed changes to EYPARM  would result in significantly better support for children with SEND in their early years.

The aspect of the proposed changes which was identified as having the most positive impact on the experience for children and families was Early Identification and Support.

 53% said that the introduction of lump sum funding would be significantly better, with 21% stating this would be have no change on their ability to support children with SEND. However 57% said that the changes to inclusion funding would make the quality of experience for children with delay in their learning or SEND significantly better.

 79% disagreed with the introduction of a maximum amount of inclusion funding per setting.

We did

We will listen to your views and consider these when we create the final version of the strategy.

We asked

Oak Grove College is a special school in Worthing that offers provision for students with learning difficulties from Years 7-14. Following assessment of options for post-16 provision for children with SEND it is recognised that many of the pupils with less complex needs who currently undertake their post-16 studies at Oak Grove could be successfully educated within mainstream Further Education Colleges, thereby enabling Oak Grove College to focus provision for students with more complex needs.

Redesignation the post-16 provision to become more specialist would also mean there could be a reduction in the number of post-16 planned places at the college, form 56 to 24 by 2025/26. The intention would be to retain the overall number of places at the school (256) by redesignating some of the post-16 places as pre-16 provision. 

You said

The responses showed 55% of respondents supported the proposals, 9% were against and 36% were neutral.  82% of respondents agree that the school is centered on the needs of the children and learners.

Concerns centred whether there was adequate provision and choice of Post 16 courses delivered by local further education providers. Funding for appropriate support for the young people was also raised. There was also concerns about whether support from the school and local authority would continue or whether it would be cut off when a young person leaves Oak Grove College i.e. a need for reassurance about a smooth and supported transition and confidence that the young person will succeed within further education setting.

With a relatively low response rate (11 online responses), written comments provided to the questions indicate support of a redesignation providing that reassurances are given to parents who want their young person to remain at Oak Grove College that they will have this choice. Parents expressed views that they may need further support or advice from Oak Grove College. The headteacher expressed views, during public meetings, that continued support would be offered to parents / families despite their young person no longer being in attendance at Oak Grove College and that Oak Grove College would work towards the best outcomes for young people who have attended.

We did

The redesignation of post-16 provision at Oak Grove College to become more specialist focusing on pupils with complex needs with effect from September 2021.

We asked

In West Sussex, we want to make sure that children who are looked after and care leavers get the best possible support and help when they need it. We have been working on putting together a new strategy which sets out how we are going to do this. We wanted to know what you thought of our strategy.   Your views are important to us as we want to make this the best strategy we can create – one that has the greatest impact   on making young people in care and care leavers lives the best they can be.

You said

We were very grateful for your responses to our consultation.

100% of people that responded were  children looked after

100% of people who responded to the consultation said they strongly agreed or agreed with the principles outlined in the proposed strategy.

50% of people who responded to the consultation said they felt there was nothing that needed adding to the strategy, while 50% said they were unsure.

We also spoke to young people from the Children in Care Council to gather their views on the strategy.

100% of them agreed with the seven priorities set out in the plan. They also gave feedback on areas they felt were missing in the plan.

We did

We’ll listened to your views and consider these when we create the final version of the strategy. This has now been passed to the Corporate Parenting Panel