We are sorry to tell you that from 1st April 2022, Amaze will no longer be managing the Compass Disability Register for West Sussex.
Following a review, West Sussex County Council has decided to bring the disability register “in-house” and it will be run by the West Sussex County Council’s Library Service. This means Compass Card discounts and offers for families in West Sussex will end as of 31 March 2022. West Sussex County Council are in the process of looking at what other incentives might be offered to families to join the new scheme.
Michael Rhodes-Kubiak, Acting Senior Commissioning Manager (SEND), West Sussex County Council said: “We are grateful to Amaze for all of their hard work in setting up and running the register for the past six years”.
Rachel Travers, CEO of Amaze, said: “We are disappointed that Amaze will no longer be running the disability register for West Sussex County Council. We hope we will have opportunities to support West Sussex families again in the future. It is important for us to be clear that the Compass Brighton & Hove will continue to run and be accessible to families within the city or accessing services here.”
The new “in house” scheme will build on the existing register of 3,500 children and young people and will incorporate the results from a survey West Sussex County Council ran last year where parent/carers fed back their thoughts and preferences for the service.
The council are keen for families already part of the Compass Card scheme to be able to transfer to the new register easily, so Amaze will contact you to request your consent to share your registration information with West Sussex County Council Library Service. If you agree to this transfer you won’t need to complete a new form and your registration information will be transferred securely. You don’t need to contact Amaze or West Sussex County Council at this stage. If you do not agree, your data will not be transferred.
Between January and March, West Sussex County Council and Amaze will be working on the transition arrangements and have set up a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page this website to keep you updated. – just click the link to find out more.
The council has also set up a Steering Group to help design the new register scheme, which includes young people and parent carers. If you are interested in helping them or if you have any questions about the changes please email SENDCommissioningTeam@westsussex.gov.uk
West Sussex County Council will share more information about the new scheme as it develops with young people, parent/carers and other stakeholders.