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Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The Children and Families Act 2014 places statutory duties on the NHS, both health commissioners, and providers, to work with the local authority to provide the best support to disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs aged 0-25 years.

This includes:

  • Early identification of children and young people with SEND and notification to the appropriate local authority (LA).
  • Early support offered to children, young people, and their families with SEND and support to others involved in their health care needs.
  • Developing effective ways to gain views of children, young people, families & local communities of user experience with SEND.
  • Contributing to the Education, Health, and Care needs assessment led by the local authority.
  • Working with LA to contribute to the SEND Local Offer.
  • Working in partnership with local authorities, children, young people, and their families, to participate in commissioning services to meet the identified needs, and improve outcomes, for those with SEND.

SEND - the Local Offer - is part of new legislation for local authorities (councils) aimed at providing better, more joined up support and services for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities and their families.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group works with two local authority partners in its area on the Local Offer; Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. Each are developing areas on their website and other supporting materials and directories to help you find all the information you need about SEND, in one place.

Visit the Cambridgeshire SEND pages or the Peterborough SEND pages to find information on:

  • how early years providers, schools and colleges identify and support children with SEND
  • specialist services that support children and young people with SEND
  • childcare and funding
  • health services (links for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)
  • social care services
  • other educational provision
  • training
  • travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education settings
  • preparing for adulthood, including housing and employment
  • leisure and social opportunities.

The aim of the changes is early identification and support for children and young people, and to promote integrated working across, health, social care and education.

If you have any questions, please contact the Designated Clinical Officer for SEND, Siobhan Weaver, on capccg.send@nhs.net.

Preparing for Adulthood

Preparing for Adulthood through good transition planning is particularly critical for young people with SEND so that they move smoothly from childhood into adulthood. All health partners across children and adult health services work together to support young people to prepare for their adult life and ensure that their health needs are met.

For young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), planning for adulthood begins in Year 9 (the school year in which a child has their 14th birthday), and in some cases will continue until their 25th birthday.  We often call this phase in life 'transition' or a 'transition to adulthood'.

 This phase of “preparing for adulthood” is when professionals will consult with you and your son or daughter to consider if they may need specialist support during transition and into adulthood

 The Preparing for Adulthood page on the Peterborough local offer has detailed information on the support available for parents and young people during this time. Parents have asked for a comprehensive guide to transitions and we have worked with Family Voice Peterborough and Pinpoint Cambridgeshire to produce the Transition to Adulthood - A Parents Guide.

21/10/2021