Tell us your views on the SEND Local Area Strategy, a join strategy between ourselves and the Clinical Commissioning Groups that serve North Yorkshire.


The overall objective of the SEND Local Area Strategy is to set the future direction and coordination of support for children and young people with SEND across North Yorkshire. This strategy aims to ensure that statutory partners and key stakeholders have shared aims and ambitions for children and young people with SEND and are working together to provide high quality services.

Our ambition and aim is that all children and young people with SEND have improved outcomes which will ensure they are well prepared for a happy, healthy and fulfilling adult life. Working in partnership with all stakeholders is of critical importance to ensure that children and young people have their needs identified early so that support can be more effective.

Following a period of early, informal engagement in June and July 2021, in partnership with local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's), we are seeking views on six key strategic aims developed from feedback of stakeholders.


The number of children and young people identified as having SEND in North Yorkshire has increased since the introduction of the SEND reforms in 2014 through the Children and Families Act and is predicted to continue to do so.

The proportion of the mainstream school population at SEN support has increased from 10.8% in 2017 to 12.32% in 2021 in primary schools and from 6.5% to 10.44% in secondary schools. In addition, the number of children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) increased from 1938 in 2015/16 to 3574 in 2020/21. This is a 84.4% rise.

There is a need to develop a new Local Area Strategy for SEND that covers education, health and social care for children and young people aged 0 to 25.

The overarching Local Area Strategy will go beyond the local authorities statutory duties with regards to SEND Education Provision, as set out in our most recent SEND Plan, and include how we work with all partners including young people, parents/carers and Clinical Commissioning Groups to improve outcomes of children and young people.

A Local Area Strategy will ensure that:

  • The work that is being, or needs to be, done to ensure children and young people in North Yorkshire with SEND have the best opportunities, provision and outcomes, is agreed, understood, delivered and monitored.
  • Children and young people with SEND and their families in partnership with those working with them from education, health and social care can shape the way forward.

Recent developments for key stakeholders also means that is timely to now review the strategic direction of the Local Area in relation to SEND and develop a new strategy that is co-produced and implemented moving forward. These key developments include:

  • The relaunch of the North Yorkshire parent/carer forum and the rebrand as Parent Carer Voice North Yorkshire, with a strong focus on co-production.
  • The restructure of the Inclusion service in our Childrens' and Young People Service.
  • Recent review of Social Care support for Disabled Children
  • The reorganisation of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), in particular the new North Yorkshire CCG.

Local Area SEND Strategy:

The proposed strategy will establish the following key principles:

  • Be ambitious for all children
  • Value the contribution of all
  • Work together to drive improvement
  • Listen and communicate effectively
  • Strive for local solutions
  • Invest in actions that will improve outcomes

Having considered the feedback from the period of early engagement alongside the statutory duties of the local authority and health services the following key strategic aims have been developed:

  • Early identification of need of children and young people with SEND
  • Working together to provide high quality services and provision at the right time
  • Improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND
  • Strengthen communication, engagement and co-production with parents/carers, children and young people
  • Preparing young people for adulthood
  • Achieving best value

Under each strategic aim, and based on feedback, we have set out why it is important, what we envisage success will look like and what we intend to do. More information is available in our draft strategy.

Please tell us your views

Ourselves and the CCG’s that serve North Yorkshire are keen to hear your comments and feedback on the proposal to agree a joint strategy for the local area. Any member of the public and interested organisations can comment on the proposal.

We have tried to ensure giving feedback is as easy as possible by a range of different methods as follows:

  • Engagement sessions for parents/carers and all professionals
  • Survey
  • Children and young people engagement sessions facilitated by North Yorkshire Voice

The dates and times of engagement sessions for Parents/Carers:



Wednesday 10 November


Wednesday 17 November


Thursday 18 November


Monday 22 November


The dates and times of engagement sessions for all professionals:



Thursday 11 November


Monday 15 November


Thursday 18 November


Monday 22 November


Sign up to attend an engagement session here.

Please let us know what you think online.

Complete the survey

We will not be able to offer an individual response to your feedback.

You can request a hard copy or alternative format of the survey by emailing or by writing to:

Central Admin Team
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall
North Yorkshire

If you want this information in another language you can find more information here, or email

Children and Young People - North Yorkshire Voice will be running a number of focus groups and activities to help young people share their views. If you are a young person, and would like to tell us your thoughts on this consultation, please contact North Yorkshire Voice at

 Read the SEND strategy focus group report here. (pdf / 2 MB)

Deadline for your Feedback

The consultation is open from 14 October 2021 and ends at midnight on 2 December 2021. We will not be able to consider feedback after this date.

After the consultation closes

At the end of the consultation period all partners will review the feedback and produce a summary report showing the themes and any issues raised, which will be reviewed by the County Council Executive for a decision in early 2022. Responses from individuals will be anonymised.

A summary of the consultation responses and next steps will be available to view online when the consultation has closed.