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Please tell us what support is not working so well for children and young people with SEND in Portsmouth?

Base: All those making a comment (207)

This table shows that:
37% of parents/carers think that schools and education support (e.g. disjointed admission process, bullying in schools, lack of 1-1 support, lack of advice on further education and careers, transport to school) for children/young people with SEND is not working well
22% think access to support (e.g. eligibility, not sure what is available and how to apply, lack of capacity, length of time to get support, support with health) is not working well
15% think respite, social groups/sports and recreational activities are not working well
12% think communication (with parents/carers, with other support services, from secondary to further education) is not working well
11% think mental health support (e.g. CAMHS) is not working well
10% think knowledge/expertise and understanding of SEND in schools and community is not working well
8% think there is a lack of resources (e.g. staff, facilities)
6% think something else is not working well (e.g. local offer site, LA legislation)
5% think everything is not working well

wdt_ID Key themes mentioned Percentage (%)
1 Schools and education (e.g. disjointed admissions process, bullying in schools, lack of 1-1 support, lack of advice on further education and careers, transport to school ) 37
2 Access to support (e.g. eligibility, not sure what is available and how to apply, lack of capacity, length of time to get support, support with health) 22
3 Respite, social groups/ sports and recreational activities 15
4 Communication (with parents/carers, with other support services, from secondary to further education) 12
5 Getting diagnoses and assessments (e.g. ADHD, Speech and language, EP assessments) 12
6 Mental health support (e.g. CAMHS) 11
7 Knowledge/expertise and understanding of SEND in schools and community 10
8 Lack of resources (e.g. staff, facilities) 8
9 Other (e.g. Local Offer Site, LA legislation) 6
10 Everything 5

“Waiting times to see someone while on the pathway for diagnoses. The paediatricians’ attitudes are appalling and refuse to provide phone calls back when attempting to contact. Same applies to some of the SEN health visitors.”

“There is no link between the health services such as the GP and support services. There is no consolidated place for signposting.”

“We have to fund school transport ourselves as it is not funded for him but as full time working parents we need it to get him to and from school. We had to really fight to secure a place which now costs us £250 each term.  Enable Ability do not have enough places and those that are available go to children with social workers before even being offered to other people. Our son, and our other children, therefore really miss out on this respite opportunity. We have struggled to find any other respite care for him which puts real limits on what we can do as a family.There is very little provision for children with our son’s level of need. Most is aimed at children with less severe ASC or learning needs.”