SEND Strategy launch event Thursday 30 September, 10:30am – 1:30pm


All Different All Equal, Dudley’s brand-new SEND strategy and Inclusion Charter is being launched at a celebration event on Thursday 30 September, 10:30am – 1:30pm at Himley Hall* and is for parents carers, professionals and members of the public to attend.

Part of the SEND improvement programme the free event is hosted in partnership with Dudley Council, Dudley Parent Carer Forum and the Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups and is the culmination of months of committed inspired debate and represents an exciting opportunity to bring about positive change for children, young people and their families.

We would also like to recognise the tremendous efforts on the part of Dudley’s Parent Carer Forum in shaping this strategy and look forward to continuing to work closely with them over the next few years.

Young people themselves have been instrumental in helping to develop Dudley’s Inclusion Charter and we are passionate about ensuring that children and young people with SEND are placed at the heart of what we do.
The strategy describes how the council and partners will use its resources to remove barriers to learning, ensure that children and young people will feel that their achievements are valued, that they are happy and enjoy school, lead healthy lifestyles, feel safe in their learning environments and are appropriately supported in order to achieve their full potential.

Cabinet Members for Children, Cllr Ruth Buttery and Adult Social Care, Cllr Nicolas Barlow, and the Mayor will be in attendance and we are delighted to announce that local sporting celebrity ‘Blind Dave Heeley’ will be our keynote speaker and who will share inspirational stories of his life and promoting that everything is possible.


Dave is the first and only blind person in the world to have completed the ultimate endurance challenge 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.  As if this wasn’t enough in 2011 he became the first and only person to have completed John O’Groats to Lands End with a difference; 10 marathons in 10 days and 100’s of miles of cycling!

Attendees will get to hear about how the strategy has been developed working with young people, parents/carers and stakeholders as well as the detail of the strategy itself.

Lunch will be provided and there will be a marketplace after the main event for attendees to explore local resources related to SEND, children and young people.

Register to attend here.

Alternatively you can watch the event live on our You Tube channel at 

* We are all aware that although coronavirus restrictions have eased, the virus has not gone away and we want to ensure that you are all kept safe so that you can relax and enjoy the event. We all need to do what we can to protect each other and we kindly encourage you to:

Take a lateral flow test before attending
Sanitise/wash your hands regularly
Make space for fellow guests
Consider wearing a mask At the event we will:

Have sanitisers at the entrance and throughout the event
Staff cleaning the event area and toilet provision regularly
Ensure staff and suppliers have all have taken lateral flow tests
Ensure staff and suppliers maintain a safe, social distance

We will reserve the right to switch to an online event subject to Public Health Advice at the time.

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