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Sensory Support Service Redesign Consultation – Have Your Say

Since 1996 the former Avon local authorities - Bath & North-East Somerset (BANES), Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have jointly commissioned a Sensory Support Service (SSS). This service has traditionally provided support to children with dual sensory impairment, hearing impairment and visual impairment from 0 to 19 to support their educational development. The service is provided by Bristol with the three other authorities contributing to the overall cost of £1,6m according to a formula agreed at the time of the original contract.

In November 2017 the commissioning authorities agreed to develop a new and revised service model.  The service will continue to support those children and young people with the highest levels of need who have Education Health and Care Plans and support the early identification, assessment and provision at lower levels of need for children and young people up to the age of 25. A full and detailed plan for the new service and how it will work will be developed by December 2018. This plan will then be subject to a full formal consultation process for three months to gain the views of all stakeholders. The target date for the new service to begin is 1st January 2020.

It is very important that everyone involved has the opportunity to influence the development of the new service before the formal consultation stage. This will be done through an engagement process which will run from 4th June to 31st July. The views of children and young people, carers and parents and professionals and organisations through two ways.

There will be three electronic surveys – one for children and young people, one for carers and parents, and ne for professionals and organisations. These will be open from 11th June and can be found at:

Children and young people -

Carers and parents -

Professionals and organisations -

There will also be consultation meetings. There will be two in each of the four local authority areas – one in the day-time and one in the evening. These meetings are for carers and parents, professionals and organisations.  The dates times and venues for the North Somerset meetings are below:

Tuesday 26th June – 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm – Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon BS21 6AB )Please note this postcode takes you to Clevedon Garage. Castlewood is the yellow building directly opposite the garage).

Friday 29th June – 10.30 am to 1.00 pm – Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon BS21 6Ab

Please contact Alun davies telephone 01275 884 033 to book a place at either of the meetings or for further information.


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