The local authority (LA) and health partners wanted to know what was going well for children and young people with SEND, and their families, and what could be improved.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a process that identifies the health and wellbeing needs of the people, communities and populations in East Sussex.  It reviews current provision and makes recommendations for improvements.

The SEND JSNA was undertaken between September 2020 and May 2021 with input from public health, the local authority, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF) and community voluntary sector partners. This SEND JSNA is published here 

Thank you to the many stakeholders who contributed their views to the SEND JSNA, including 725 parent/carers, ESPCF, many practitioners in education, health, social care, and the community voluntary sector. The LA will now work with these partners, including schools and settings, to take the SEND JSNA recommendations forward through the SEND Strategy 2022-24 and the Local Area SEND Inspection Self Evaluation Framework.

The JSNA is a long document containing valuable feedback and information across education, health and social care; the executive summary on pages 7-11 is a helpful way into the rest of the document.