Children & young People – Special Educational Needs & Disability
Our vision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college and make a good transition to adulthood, to lead contented and fulfilled lives.
The SEND reforms introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 focus on two key themes: greater co-operation between education, health and social care and a greater focus on the outcomes. The Act, along with the comprehensive guidance in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years (July 2014), outlines detailed requirements for the planning and delivery of services to this important group of children and young people. They also require local authorities to implement joint commissioning arrangements with their health partners for the education, health and care of children and young people.
As part of the reforms and outlined in the updated SEND Code of Professional Practice; the Local Authority & CCG should ensure there is a Designated Medical Officer (DMO) or Designated Clinical Officer ( DCO) to support the CCG in meeting its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities. The DMO/ DCO provides the point of contact for local authorities, schools and colleges seeking health advice on children and young people who may have SEN or disabilities, and provides a contact (or contacts) for CCGs or health providers so that appropriate notification can be given to the local authority of children under compulsory school age who they think may have SEN or disabilities. The DMO / DCO can support schools with their duties under the ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions’ guidance. The DMO/ DCO would not routinely be involved in assessments or planning for individuals, except in the course of their usual clinical practice, but would be responsible for ensuring that assessment, planning and health support is carried out.
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Areas for further action
The Local Offer is a website which outlines all services/resources and latest news about and for children with additional needs.
The link below provides information for parents about accessing a Personal Budget for their child:
This link below gives comprehensive information about the assessment process and eligibility criteria for continuing care support for children with complex and enduring health needs:
If you are a patient, carer or member of the public who lives in Northamptonshire and are interested in supporting the work of NHS Nene CCG – why not become a member?
This would enable us to work together to develop new and improved health services for local people. Please complete our simple on-line application form here.