Children and Young People Special Education Needs/Disabilities

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

SEND imageFollowing the Children and Families Act 2014, health organisations have  duties and responsibilities for children and young people aged up to 25 years with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). This includes:

  • Early identification of children and young people with SEND
  • Early support offered to children, young people, their families with SEND and support others involved in their health care needs
  • Develop effective ways to gain views of children, young people families & local communities of their experiences
  • Contribute to the Education, Health and Care needs assessment led by the local authority
  • Work with local authorities to contribute to SEND Local Offer (Leaflet website) ‘one stop shop.
  • Work 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.

Clinical Commissioning Groups have a Designated Clinical Officer to support them and the commissioned health services in meeting their statutory duties and responsibilities. He can be contacted by telephoning 01502 719500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a new interactive website which helps to explain to children and young people their rights when using the NHS.

All local authorities are to publish a local offer that sets out information about provision expected to be available across education, health and social care all in one place ‘one stop shop’, which is regularly reviewed and updated. You can read about Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire’s SEND Local Offer which tells you about the support and services on offer to children and young people with SEND in their area -

Other useful links are

• Council for Disabled Children - information and resources available -

• 0 to 25 SEND Code of Practice: A guide for health professionals February 2016

 A SEND e-Learning course is available on the Local Offer website

This course is designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and disability (SEND) and associated responsibilities for any professionals, parents or carers working with children and young people with SEND. It covers a broad range of relevant aspects relating to SEND for Education, Health and Social Care, including:

The different types of Special Educational Needs and how to identify them

Norfolk’s Local Offer and how to utilise it

The importance of transition arrangements for children and young people with SEND

Relevant legislation and statutory processes including those under the Care Act, Children & Families Act 2014 and SEN Code of Practice

You can access the course here