Bristol City Council Send Drop-In Event

Bristol City Council is holding a drop-in event to gather views about how it can improve its Send services.

The event comes after a System-Wide Send and Inclusion Improvement Plan, was discussed by Bristol’s Education Director Alison Hurley, at Bristol Schools’ Forum this month. Education has already been restructured since the start of November 2019 and staff capacity has been increased. The council admits there will be a ‘time delay’ on seeing the effects of this.

The drop-in event on Friday 13 December between 9.30am and 4pm, invites ‘young people, parents, carers and interested members of the community’ to come along and given their views for a ‘new assessment process’.

The EHCP is a statutory process a Local Authority must follow and cannot be changed because its process is set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

The event leaflet says it wants people to help create a process that works for them. Indicators on the leaflet suggest the improvements may be around its accessibility – the introduction of guides, formats of letters, improving the  contribution process and a parent and child portal.

Whilst people may stay for ‘as long or as little time’ as they want, it’s not clear how the views of young people will be taken considering the drop-in hours clash with the school day.

Figures submitted to Bristol’s People Scrutiny Commission this month shows that just one one EHCP was completed on time between January 2019 and October 2019 out of 270.

The event takes place on Friday 13 December between 9.30am and 4pm at The Park in Knowle.


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