The Engagement and Participation Team for Somerset County Council was put in place to help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities get their voice heard. The team is made up of an Engagement and Participation officer and Young People’s Champions who themselves have special educational needs and or a disability. The team asks lots of different young people what they think in many different ways. They visit existing groups of young people across the county in schools, colleges and other groups.
The team also hosts a young person’s forum named “the Unstoppables” who meet once a month in either Yeovil or Taunton, this group is for young people aged between 13 and 25.
The team asks young people what they think on a wide range of different issues. They then share these views and opinions with lots of different decision-makers and practitioners within Somerset County Council and beyond to improve services on offer locally in Somerset.