This is undeniably one of the best examples we have of a Local Authority who has really taken ownership and delivered on an inclusive strategy for delivering services and provision for children with disabilities. This case study is a brief overview of how this was done.
Working in a partnership to gain the best insights
Essex County Council have a very close working relationship with FACE – Families Acting for Change in Essex. The parents who run FACE all have a child with a disability and understand the true impact this has on day to day life.
Together Essex and FACE have a vision to create more play opportunities for all children to access. FACE were instrumental in gathering the views of families and the barriers they faced when going to their local park. Based on this feedback FACE wrote a comprehensive report that was circulated to all the local District Councils. The Short Breaks Team at Essex County Council have been hard at work to deliver positive outcomes throughout the county as a result of this report.
Delivering positive change
Inclusive Play is delighted to be a key partner working together with Essex County Council to deliver more inclusive opportunities. We have a shared vision, that all children should have play opportunities available to them. So far this has reached all corners of the county, where new sensory and dynamic play equipment has been installed to enhance the existing play provision. The team at Essex felt Inclusive Play’s approach to play and the innovative design was a good match for their partnership because of our understanding of inclusion and expertise in design.
Playtime is a free break for the whole family
This approach has been successful because of number of factors. Firstly the collaboration with FACE and secondly establishing that reaching out to disabled children and offering the opportunity for ‘respite’ or short break comes in a variety of forms. To offer door-step-provision at the local play area is one of them; it is one of the most vital ways that a family can get quality time together at no cost and in their own community.
This is such a positive example of how one section of a Local Authority can impact the lives of hundreds of children in their region, in a positive and inclusive way.
We want to hear more stories like this! How are you delivering inclusive provision in your area?