SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)

Local Services Offer for children and young people with special education needs and/or disability (SEND)

 What is the Local Offer?

The local offer gives children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support are available in the area where they live.

It covers the services delivered by a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have a statutory responsibility to work with local authorities on the local offer for families in their area.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice, flexibility and transparency for families and to help them have more control over services by setting out the local provision for children and young people with SEND and their families.

For more information on the Local Offer visit: Stockport Local Offer

What services are commissioned for children and young people with SEND?

 In addition to the general services that are commissioned for the whole of the population, health services specifically provided for children and young people with additional needs include:

  • Therapy services – Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Continuing and complex care assessments and packages
  • Equipment including wheelchairs and mobility aids

What is the role of the CCG in the implementation of the SEND reforms?

The CCG is working in partnership with Stockport Local Authority to contribute to the implementation of the SEND reforms (Children and Families Act 2014). Together we will ensure that health services commissioned locally for children and young people with SEND are meeting your requirements.

This means that the CCG and the local authorities will work together to identify the needs of the local population via Education, Health and Care plans and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment; identify any gaps in local provision and then work together to address these gaps through jointly commissioned services, where appropriate.

SEND Inspections

Local SEND services are inspected jointly by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.  To read the latest information on the Stockport SEND Inspection visit: Stockport SEND Inspection