SEND Strategy and Co-production Charter

SEND strategy 

February 2024

The South Gloucestershire Best Start for Children with Complex Needs and SEND group, working with our local SEND community has developed a new strategy for SEND with the aim of establishing effective arrangements for meeting the needs of all children and young people across our local area. During the summer of 2023 we consulted widely on the draft strategy and feedback has helped us to decide the activities that we need to prioritise for the next two years. The Strategy, a summary of the feedback and the next steps are set out in the documents below.


For full details of how you can help us shape our plans for the next 5 years for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), have your say on the development of the South Gloucestershire SEND and Inclusion Strategy for 2023-2028


We are pleased to publish the final version of South Gloucestershire’s Strategy for Children and Young People 0-25 years with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2018-2023.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the engagement events and consultation on the draft strategy, which closed on 12 March 2018.

The final strategy incorporated the collective feedback we received from listening to the views of children, families, schools, settings, colleges and stakeholders through the consultation events and survey that ran from December 2017 and the engagement sessions that ran in September and October 2017. It sets out the vision and strategic priorities for South Gloucestershire Local Area for the period 2018 – 2023. The strategy was co-produced by South Gloucestershire Council, South Glos Parent Carers and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board and has been approved by the relevant partnerships and boards.

For a summary of the results, read what respondents had to say about the draft SEND Strategy in the consultation report  (SEND Strategy Consultation Output report)

SEND Co-production Charter 

We have worked with partners to develop and publish the South Gloucestershire Area Co-production Charter: our shared commitment to co-production and working together ‘the South Glos Way’.

Having users at the heart of strategic decision-making helps to bring children and young people, parents and services together to form a shared vision, make a difference, and to bring about real change.

Co-production is not about asking for children, young people or parent carers views on a piece of completed work; it is about working on the piece of work together right from the start.

You can read the charter here.

This charter can also be used by any other groups or organisations in South Gloucestershire to help implement Co-production as a way of working.