The Sensory Support Service provides support to children and young people (CYP) with sensory needs in education and family settings. Sensory needs include hearing impairment (HI), visual impairment (VI) and multi-sensory impairment (MSI). The Sensory Support Service is part of the South West’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) service provision.
Bristol City Council is responsible for the management of the Sensory Support Service across the four joint local authority areas: Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and South Gloucestershire.
As the lead authority, Bristol City Council’s ambitions for CYP with SEND are set out in the One City Plan
and Corporate Strategy
and help to inform the proposals set out in this consultation. These ambitions include improving the support available to CYP with SEND and their families, and reducing the attainment gap between CYP with SEND and CYP without SEND. The proposals have also been developed around the joint authorities’ vision and values for CYP with sensory impairments, which are set out below.
The proposals in this consultation have also been informed by service user feedback. This feedback was gathered through a review of the service undertaken by the National Sensory Impairment Partnership in 2016, through service user and stakeholder surveys, including annual service user surveys, and engagement events with stakeholders that took place between March and August in 2018.