Lincolnshire Young Voices

Inspiring change and making a difference for children and young people with SEND in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Young Voices is a newly formed group of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The group is jointly supported by the Local Authority and the NHS with a focus to provide a voice for young people in the county to improve services.

The group has been meeting voluntarily for the last 12 months; recently the young people presented a paper to the local authority and health – a budget was agreed to fund their work and to establish two new paid posts for a Chair and Deputy Chair of the group.  The positions are required to be young people aged between 16 – 25 years with personal experience of SEND.

The group's aim is to work together with colleagues across Education, Health, Social Care, Police, Youth Justice, the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board, Businesses and the Third Sector to:

  • Research issues and difficulties that young people with SEND might face and work with others to make improvements

  • Raise awareness in education and health settings for professionals, councillors and the wider public

  • Inspire young people.

Members of the group have valuable personal experiences to share with other young people with SEND to shape services for the better.

The group has identified that they aim to attend and contribute to the work of the following:

  • Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum

  • Council for Disabled Children

  • Healthwatch

  • Special Schools Project

  • Autism All Age Strategy

  • Autism Partnership Board

  • Young Inspectors

  • Lincolnshire Youth Council

  • V4C – Lincolnshire Looked After Children Council

  • Learning Disability Partnership

  • SEND Graduated Approach Briefings

  • Transition to adulthood/Preparing for Adulthood – college leads meetings

A 'launch' event is being arranged for March 2019. For further information about Lincolnshire Young Voices please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.