Have your say on residential special schools and colleges

Young students Sophie, Abi, James, Laura and her guide dog and Tiri and all smiles walking down the path outside the college

The Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families has asked for an independent review into the experiences and outcomes of children and young people in residential special schools and colleges.

 

The review will recommend the practical action that government departments and other agencies can take to support positive experiences and outcomes for these children and young people. The review provides you with an opportunity to feedback on experiences including: what good quality support looks like, the experiences and outcomes for young people and, provision across the country and how it is commissioned.

 

Download the full review criteria of the Lenehan review

 

If you are a child or young person who is resident in a residential special school or college

The review is particularly interested in your answers to the following questions:

• What are the best things about living in a residential special school or college?

• What are the worst things about living in a residential special school or college?

• What are the staff who look after you like?

• What would you like to do after living in a residential special school or college?

 

If you are the parent or carer of a child or young person who is resident in a residential special school or college

The review is interested in your answers to the following questions:

• How did you find the process of getting a residential place?

• Are you happy with your child’s residential placement?

• Are you supported to keep in touch with your child?

• What outcomes would you like to see from this placement?

 

Guidelines for responding

To assist the review with their analysis of the responses, each submission of evidence should:

• comprise a single document;

• be no longer than 2,000 words in length;

• include references for any evidence cited, where possible;

• state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation;

• include a brief introduction about yourself/your organisation and your reason for submitting evidence; and

• link to published documents rather than reproducing their content.

For returns from children or young people we are happy to accept alternative formats, such as audio or video.

 

Please send your responses to Lenehan.Review@education.gov.uk