In 2021, the Inclusion Champions Network was established, uniting a dedicated group of employees and volunteers from across the system in Somerset. Our primary goal is to create and embed an inclusive culture that supports individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across our organisations.
To equip our Champions with the necessary skills and knowledge, they have actively participated in comprehensive training sessions facilitated by a wide variety of organisations. These sessions have proven invaluable in enhancing their understanding of SEND and promoting inclusivity. The role is varied, and works to raise awareness, shift practice to improve inclusion, and continually responds to issues and themes raised.
We are excited to announce that we are now recruiting additional champions. You don’t have to be working in a SEND service, or even in a people-facing role, and you do not need to consider your job title, grade, role or employer or volunteer status. We need Inclusion Champions EVERYWHERE!
You’ll be provided with training, development and support that includes:
- Initial training- ½ day online and 1 day face to face.
- Working closely with young people with SEND and Somerset Parent Carer Forum to understand how to be a great champion for their interests;
- Attending networking and development opportunities to share things you are learning, challenges you’re facing and tools that you’ve found along the way with other Inclusion Champions;
- Ongoing training in the skills and tools you will need to change and challenge Somerset’s inclusion culture.