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DBV Children and Young People

We’ve developed a ‘quick read guide’ to the project to help children and young people understand it. See this content below and download the document for use in your school.

What is the Delivering Better Value in SEND (DBV) programme?

The government has given North East Lincolnshire Local Authority and 54 other local authorities some grant funding. This is money from the government to help us improve outcomes for all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


The government have asked the local authority to be bold and think about new ways that money for SEND can be used. They have challenged us to spend money differently than we have in the past to try and get better outcomes. They have called this ‘Delivering Better Value in SEND’.

The government have asked us to make sure we talk to children and young people with SEND and their families and make sure we really listen to their views. We also must have good conversations with education settings and people from health and care who give support to children and young people with SEND.

The government have said we must carefully look at data and information about:

  • how many children and young people need support?
  • how much support they need and from who?
  • how much the support costs?

This information will then be used to explore new ideas about support for SEND.

NE Lincolnshire local authority have started taking to people and making plans together. We will be:

  1. working with schools and SENCos to help them improve their SEND knowledge and skills.
  2. working with health care proffesionals to improve their capacity so there is better timely support for families who need support for Social Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH) and / or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Are we coming to work with your school? Download this information as a document.

Delivering Better Value in SEND Quick Read (Word, 206 KB)


In March 2023 the the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) met at Blundell Park Football Stadium. At this event they gave their views on DBV.

We adapted the Delivering Better Value in SEND parent carer survey for young people.

The Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) used these adapted questions to give their views on SEND in their schools. The results are used to inform the project.

All our young people were keen to score their school highly. Their conversations captured below gave us more of an insight into their experiences.

Question 1

Original question ‘My school actively teaches and encourages peer inclusion’. 

Adapted for YPAG – “My school and my teachers encourage all students to know and understand more about SEND and inclusion and help make sure everyone in our school is accepted and included”.  

Score 17/20

Question 2

Original question ‘My school’s curriculum is well adapted for children or young people with SEND’. 

Adapted for YPAG – “My school lessons and curriculum and exams offered are made and taught so that everyone with SEND can be included”. 

Score 16/20

Question 3

Original question “My school has flexible policies (i.e. flexible uniform, school meals) for children or young people with SEND.” 

Adapted for YPAG – “My school understands that sometimes young people with SEND find it difficult to wear the exact school uniform they are asked to, to follow the exact rules about time that they are asked to, to remember all the equipment they are asked to bring to lessons and to follow rules about talking and fidgeting during lessons”.

Score 14/20

Question 4

Original question “My school is welcoming to children or young people with SEND”. 

Adapted for YPAG – ‘When I started at my new school they knew who I was, they understood what support I needed and they aske me about the sort of help I would like’.

Score 17/20

Question 5

Original question “My school actively works with social care and health care services to support children or young people with SEND  + My school actively works with other services to support children or young people with SEND (e.g. Charities)”.  

Adapted for YPAG – ‘My schools bring in other professionals like councillors, mental health support, specialist teachers, family support people and diabetes nurses, occupational therapists and other health professionals to help students who have additional needs.’ 

Score 14/20