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SEND Ambassadors

SEND Ambassadors are children, young people and parents who work with Bradford Council to help us identify and address barriers for children and young people with SEND in the area, through supportive relationships and small group work. They are part of a wider network of service users and stakeholders that provide valuable feedback and lived experiences to help inform our SEND services and transformation work.

SEND Ambassadors will work alongside other key Bradford SEND services such as Parents Forum, SENDIASS, Schools and Parents Groups to help Bradford Council by broadening the voice of parents, children and young people with SEND, to enhance the Local Offer, raise aspirations of children and young people with SEND and encourage engagement in learning, employment and training.

Parent Ambassadors

Parent SEND Ambassadors will need to:

  • Work under the governance of the SEND Strategic Partnership Board and Parents Forum (PFBA)
  • Be a positive role model and advocate for children and young people with SEND
  • Relate to young people and families with a wide range of abilities and often from diverse social backgrounds
  • Work closely with other parents on specific projects overseen by the SEND Transformation and Compliance Team and Parents Forum.
  • Help to improve services and provision for children and young people with SEND by gathering feedback to support engagement and consultation processes.
  • Contribute towards workshops, action plans and development of SEND documents and communications
  • Encourage the voice of parent and carers to be heard and acted upon.
  • Contribute at engagement/listening events for parents with children and young people who are SEND.

The Parent Ambassadors are a recently formed group of 8 parents who want to help Bradford make a difference. They have been working with the SEND Transformation and Compliance Team since January 2020 as part of the wider parental network to share feedback on the provision and issues affecting families with SEND.

Our parent ambassadors have alongside other key parents groups helped us review current information on the Local Offer including a number new developments, for example Bradford’s One Minute Guides. As well as providing feedback on both the Local Offer, SEND Ambassador Logo and Local Offer accessibility.

Some of our parent ambassadors will also be part of a working group led by the Council for Disabled Children which includes professionals from the SEND Services, Social Care, IMT, Health and Educational Institutions, Parents Forum, AWARE and Thinking Big with the aim to produce an Outcomes Framework for Bradford children and young people with SEND.

What’s Involved

Parent ambassadors meet with Bradford Council SEND Transformation and Compliance Team roughly every 6 weeks to discuss areas for development and provide feedback towards the Local Offer, SEND services and on-going work to help to raise the SEND profile and aspirations of children and young people with SEND.

Objectives 

  • To support and enhance the work of the Parents Forum and other established Parent Groups in Bradford;
  • To help Bradford build a broader network of parental voice;
  • To support two-way communication and better understanding of the lived experiences of families with SEND;
  • To raise awareness of the Local Offer and support services for children and young people with SEND and their families.
  • To assist Bradford Council and it’s partners in improving services for all children and young people with SEND and their families;
  • To help inform the commissioning of services; and
  • To signpost other parents and carers to the Local Offer and SEND Services get the right support for their children to give them the best possible outcomes in life.

Getting Involved

If you would like to express an interest in becoming an ambassador then please send an email the SEND Transformation and Compliance team at SENDTandC@bradford.gov.uk

 

 

 

Children and Young People Ambassadors

Children and Young people SEND Ambassadors will have the opportunities to:

  • Give their perspective to adults who work to support SEND at the highest levels, such as the SEND Strategic Partnership Board and SEND services
  • Be a positive role model and advocate for children and young people with SEND.
  • Attend the SEND Strategic Partnership Board and encourage the voice of children and young people with SEND to be heard and acted upon.
  • Share their enthusiasm, interests and ideas with other young people with SEND.
  • Develop skills in communicating successfully with peers and to a wide range of SEND professionals.
  • Work with other young people on specific tasks and projects overseen by the SEND Transformation and Compliance Team.
  • Help to improve services and provision for children and young people with SEND by gathering feedback to support engagement and consultation processes.
  • Contribute towards workshops, plans of actions and development of SEND documents and communications.
  • Build up relevant experience which will help prepare them for adulthood, for college, UCAS or job applications.

What’s involved

Young ambassadors meet with Bradford Council’s Transformation and Compliance team roughly every 6 weeks, where they are encouraged to share their own ideas to help promote and shape SEND services and outcomes.

Objectives

  • Contribute to the wider SEND transformation agenda through coproduction opportunities.
  • To work with their peers and the SEND Transformation and Compliance Team on specific SEND projects.
  • Help shape and create the best opportunities for children and young people with SEND.
  • To support two-way communication and better understanding of the lived experiences of children, young people and families with SEND.
  • To raise awareness of SEND experiences with partners such as Health and Social Care.
  • To raise awareness of the Local Offer and support services for children and young people with SEND and their families.

Getting Involved

If you would like to express an interest in becoming an ambassador then please send an email the SEND Transformation and Compliance team at SENDTandC@bradford.gov.uk

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

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