Our vision

Over the next 5 years, we will transform the lives and futures of vulnerable children and young people. Parental confidence in the education, health and care system will be very high and families will be well supported to enable their children to succeed.

Our practice will be the best in the country.

Our vision includes all children and young people aged 0-25 who:

  • have SEND
  • are looked after
  • face disadvantage and/or difficult family life
  • face social and emotional difficulties, and 
  • experience linguistic and cultural challenges

Our approach

Delivering good quality, inclusive practice will ensure all vulnerable children, young people and their families have their needs identified as early as possible, receive the right support quickly and experience good transitions between services. It will help all our children and young people to have a good quality of life and achieve good outcomes including appropriate paid employment, independent living and community participation. 

Our work is being delivered through the Inclusion Programme and overseen by an Inclusion Board, chaired by our Executive Director of Children, Young People and Families. Membership includes parent groups, our senior leaders and senior leaders from the Clinical Commissioning Group, the Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Families and key school leaders.


4 key principles underpin our approach to Inclusion:

  1. Participation: children and young people are supported to participate fully in good or outstanding education and training, and they and their families are able to engage actively in the design, development and review of services.
  2. Integration: services work together through co-located multi-agency teams based in geographical localities, delivering support through a single assessment and planning pathway, supported by clear leadership, strong, flexible central services, aligned budgets and effective commissioning.
  3. Early Intervention: needs are consistently identified early and the right support is provided quickly, focused on ensuring children, young people and their families make good progress and achieve positive outcomes.
  4. Personalisation: using key working approaches we will ensure that: the views, wishes and feelings of children, young people and families are always taken into account, person-centred approaches to planning and assessment will enable them to be actively involved in decisions about their lives and packages of help and support will be tailored to individual needs and aspirations.

Further information

Regularly updated information and key documents on Inclusion can be found on the Learn Sheffield website

You can also use our Local Offer to find out more about what is available in Sheffield and to help us improve support and opportunities for children and young people with SEND and their families.

Sheffield Inclusion Centre

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