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We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

We Asked

For your comments on a two page document that outlined the County Council’s draft SEND and Inclusion strategy 2019 to 2024.

The document proposed the vision, priorities and key activities for the SEND and Inclusion Strategy, which the Education and Skills Directorate and all SEND and Inclusion stakeholders will focus on over the next five years.

You Said

  • You supported the Vision (84%), Priorities (95%) and Key Activities (72%).
  • You were confused by some of the definitions/ language.
  • You were concerned that there is insufficient provision for children and young people with your child’s special education needs or disabilities and a few of you have chosen to take your child out of school for that reason.
  • You were concerned about the ability to deliver the Strategy due to a lack of sufficient funding, resources and commitment from some education partners.

You wanted to see the delivery plan and data dashboard, so that you could understand how the strategy would be implemented and how success would be measured. 

We Did

Following receipt of your feedback we:

  1. Developed an implementation plan setting out the tasks and timelines to be undertaken and managed by the project over the next five years.
  2. Identified the resources to support the implementation.
  3. Developed a data dashboard to show how success will be measured.
  4. Had additional discussions with School Leaders on the implementation plan and the data dashboard.
  5. Considered all consultation responses and feedback and the final strategy and its implementation will:
  • Include the implementation plan and data dashboard
  • Set out the main dependencies upon which the delivery plan is based
  • Clarify some of the wording and definitions

Improve the quality of inclusion in educational settings to increase parental confidence and ensuring children’s needs are met.

We Asked

In February 2019 West Sussex County Council SEND Commissioning Team asked you what Short Breaks opportunities you would like to have for young adults in West Sussex. We asked you about this, to help us develop our Short Breaks offer for 18 to 25 year olds.

The team would like to thank the staff, volunteers and young adults at PACSO Job Club, Ashdown Extra (Guildcare), Crawley College, M8s youth group Bognor, Young Voices 4 You and everyone who completed the online survey for your views and comments.

You Said

The top three activities you said you liked were

  • Going out; from meals out, to local attractions, and further away like trips to theme parks. This included the chance to go out in the evenings.
  • Socialising and making friends
  • Cooking

The top three skills you said you wanted to build were

  • Making friends, and talking to/meeting new people
  • Doing more for yourself/life skills
  • Team work/being part of a team with other people your own age

You told us that you would like to follow your own interests like art, cooking, go-karting and outdoor adventure activities.

Some of your ideas would make really good Compass Card offers. We are working with Amaze, who run the Compass Card scheme to develop their offers for young adults. You can find out more about the Compass Card scheme here

You said that everyone is different. Travel training might be great for one person but may not work so well for someone else. You said we need to think about different ways that different people can learn to do more for themselves , for example helping out with preparing a meal.

You said that you would like us to develop more opportunities for young adults in this age group to take part in Short Breaks, as you do not feel there is enough available for over 18s.

We Did

Michael, Short Breaks Commissioning Manager, has written a short list of ideas for Short Breaks, using the comments and views you gave us.

  • Pub or Dinner Club (this could happen once a week)

Activities could include: eating, drinking, buying your own food and drinks, chatting with friends, play pub games (maybe snooker/pool and darts).

  • Residential (this could happen maybe once or twice in the year)

A residential break would happen somewhere in West Sussex and would include one or two nights away. You would be with people of a similar age to you and you would have a timetable of events for your break.

Activities could include: eating, drinking, chatting with friends, cooking meals, washing up, shopping on a budget, making your bed, travelling on public transport, going out to do something in the community i.e. cinema, bowling.

  • Lifeskills (this could happen once a week)

A course run in West Sussex where you would get to learn some new skills that will help you in your adult life.

Activities could include: cooking, being able to travel on your own on public transport, looking after your money, making friends, staying healthy, coping with stress, having a boyfriend or girlfriend, sex education.

We will work on these ideas with the Young Voices 4 You group, who are our young people’s reference group in West Sussex, to develop one or two of them into new Short Breaks opportunities for young adults.

Information on the progress of these new Short Breaks will be published on the Participation and Short Breaks Wiki webpages , so please check these for any further updates.

If you, or someone you know aged 14 to 25, would like to join Young Voices 4 You as a youth ambassador, taking part in projects including developing Short Breaks, please contact 07734000401

We Asked

The West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) undertook a public consultation on its draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The purpose of the consultation was to seek stakeholder views on:

  • the strategic direction the Board was proposing for the next 5 year and;
  • whether the draft strategy clearly described the role of the Board and achieved its purposes

The consultation ran from 3 December 2018 to 27 January 2019. We are grateful to all the organisations and individuals who took the time to respond and we have carefully considered all the points raised.

You Said

A full report on the consultation responses and HWB’s actions is attached.

Overall, 194 responses were received as part of the consultation. Of these, 189 responses were submitted using the online questionnaire and the remaining 5 were sent via email. For the quantitative analysis, only the 189 responses were included and the comments from the other 5 responses were only included in the qualitative analysis in the most relevant sections.

The majority of respondents:

  • felt that the strategy clearly described the purpose of the HWB (68%)
  • agreed or agreed to some extent that the strategy achieved its purpose to be:
    • concise and purposeful (79%)
    • a tool that will enable the HWB to champion key principles and initiatives (75%)
    • framework for other strategies (75%)
  • agreed or agreed to some extent with the direction the Board is proposing in their strategic goals; Starting Well, Living and Working Well and Ageing Well (85%)

Comments from respondents included:

  • issues which some felt were not addressed
  • lack of detail on the implementation strategy
  • inadequate consideration of high-risk populations

We Did

Having reviewed the responses, the following key changes were made to the Strategy:

  • High-risk and priority population groups have been explicitly included in the Strategy, particularly in relation to addressing health inequalities
  • Clarified that the Place Plan will set out how the priorities will be delivered
  • Simplified the language and included a contents page. A shorter executive summary document was also produced
  • Clarified the purpose of the Strategy and layout (i.e. purpose of the initiatives and links with other local strategies and plans)
  • Made reference to the NHS Long Term Plan
  • Included more examples of local initiatives
  • Added a goal on the need for good quality end of life care
  • Added more indicators in relation to healthy lifestyles
  • Included data regarding child neglect
  • Clarified that some issues cut across the different life stages i.e. housing, environment, and mental health/wellbeing. 

The Strategy and supporting documents can be found at and the relevant Member Decision Report here.