In September 2014 the reforms for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), which is part of the Children’s and Families Act, became law.
The Code of Practice published in January 2015 sets out the statutory guidance for health and local authorities.
One of the requirements within the Code of Practice is that local areas make joint commissioning arrangements for education, health and care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities.
What is Joint Commissioning?
Joint commissioning is the way professionals work together to agree what support is needed and how they will work together to put the right support in place. Through jointly commissioning we will make the best use of all the available resources to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND in the most efficient, effective, equitable and sustainable way.
The document in the Downloads box sets out how Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will work together to put in place education, health and care support for 0-25 year olds with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities living in Blackburn with Darwen.
This process is for children and young people with additional needs, with or without an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
- A shorter version containing the key points has also been developed for families and young people. This is also available in the Downloads box.
- A more colourful version of the full document is in draft and will be uploaded shortly.