Birmingham RISE Youth Forum

About us

The Youth Forum (formerly known as SEND) is a group of young people aged 11-18 with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND). We are passionate about supporting young people with SEND across the city. 

What we do

We talk to professionals about the issues that affect us so that together we can make positive changes to the lives of young people with SEND. We share our views, and the views of other young people with SEND, on how local services and provisions in schools could be improved. 

Our aims are:

  • to help to improve understanding of people who have additional needs,  
  • to work towards reducing misunderstandings about children and young people with additional needs,
  • to work to help all young people fulfil their potential,
  • to work together to help each other using our own experiences and get the views of children and young people with needs to support and empower them 

Members of the forum meet regularly, together with members of the Council’s Inclusion Team and local councillors.

Contact us

You can contact the Youth Forum at: 

Why the SEND Youth Forum is important to me:

“This forum is important to me because it enables me to identify the different needs children may have in mainstream schools and how they deal with them. We can also discuss any problems we may have and find a solution to make our education life easier and to be treated as an individual rather than be labelled with our special education need.” 

Dylan, Year 9 / Autism, ADD and Dyspraxia

“I think it is a huge honour to be part of something so important and to be able to have such an impact where needed, at such young ages! I want to make as much of a difference where I can, and I love to discuss issues, ways to resolve them, and how I can improve the world around me.”

Grace, Year 11 / Dyslexia

“I really enjoy working as part of the SEND Youth Forum because it really inspires me and I am interested to see what more we can do together. We talk about what is and is not going well in schools and we work well collaboratively and talk to one another without feeling uncomfortable. We have a voice where we are able to talk about the outside community and say what we feel is right or needs doing.” 

Marium, Aged 16 / Multiple Ephisel Dysplasia

Sharing Our Views

This video shows what we think about returning to school following the COVID-19 crisis.  In the video we talk about what we think has gone well whilst we have been learning at home and what hasn’t gone as well.  We share our thoughts about what schools could do to help us when we return to school and what they could avoid doing.