Young SEND Commissioner Training

June 7, 2017

Essex County Council has to ensure that children and young people have a voice in the services they receive and starting in September 2017, your voice will be at the heart of these services.

If you live in South Essex, in the areas covering Castlepoint, Rochford, Billericay, Wickford, Basildon and Brentwood and aged between 13-19 years for care leavers and up to 25 for those with additional needs, this is your chance to get involved and influence the services available to young people.

What to you need to do as a SEND Young Commissioner?

  • Attend a training programme to learn more about what is involved before formally signing up.
  • Learn about how services for children and young people are developed, commissioned and delivered, and how young people working with decision makers works.
  • Develop your skills in advocacy and representing others, presentation and recording skills, working in groups and how to assess quality and what evidence to look for.
  • Checks out with their peers and friends to find out what services are really like.
  • Works with people who provide services to ensure they are what young people need.
  • Develops new skills, friends and a chance to inspire others.

And enjoy it!

What is the time commitment?

We recognise that you have busy lives…School, college, work, friends and family – and all these are important.

You can be involved as much as your time will allow. The training programme is a must though and this will run over 10 weeks at Wickford starting in late September. After the training, you can decide whether you attend meetings, visit with decision makers and providers of services, etc. These will be fitted in as much as possible around your availability as a group.

You can get involved in the financial side, procurement, marketing, developing the Essex Local Offer website, shaping the short breaks programme, interviewing, and quality assuring services – whatever stages you are interested in, or even better challenge yourself and get involved in an area that you wouldn’t necessarily choose.

Want to get involved?

Volunteering your time is a great way not only to learn new skills but also to get recognition that can be used towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, gain a City & Guilds Award in Employability or to develop your CV whether it is for employment, college or university.

This is a very exciting project and one where you can make a real difference.

When is the training happening?

Training is available throughout the year. The next training dates are:

  • Tuesday 19th September 2017
  • Tuesday 26th September 2017
  • Tuesday 3rd October 2017
  • Tuesday 10th October 2017
  • Tuesday 17th October2017
  • Tuesday 24th October 2017 10am – 2pm Half Term Special
  • 31st October 2017
  • 7th November 2017
  • 14th November 2017

These will all be held at: Downtowner Youth Centre, Irvon Hill Road, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0AQ

Times: 4pm – 6pm

For more information about being a young commissioner, or to register for the event via email:

vicky.purdy@essex.gov.uk or call 07827976392