As part of the SEND reforms, Shropshire Council and its partners are developing an approach for engaging children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The aim is to ensure consistent and embedded participation of children and young people at an individual, service and strategic level.
Shropshire Council is partnering with Humanly, a research and design studio, to develop this approach. Humanly works with organisations in the public and third sectors to develop new services, systems and ways of working that are human-centred. You can see examples of Humanly’s work here: www.designhumanly.com
Jenni Parker and Ali Fawkes from Humanly will be working with children and young people in Shropshire over the coming months. Both Jenni and Ali have experience of working with a wide range of people, including children and adults with disabilities, and have developed a number of creative approaches to meaningful engagement and participation.
Jenni Parker is the Founder and Director of Humanly. Jenni has been a designer for 7 years and was awarded the title of Service Designer of the Year 2015 by the Young Digital Leader Awards. Ali Fawkes is a Creative Consultant who brings expert skills in user research and co-creation. Ali specialises in working with people with learning disabilities and autism.