Following the Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection of our special educational needs and disability (SEND) services we are forming the Lancashire SEND Partnership.

The new partnership will bring together all the agencies in Lancashire which provide the SEND services for children, young people, their parents and carers. It will ensure everybody can work together to deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and their families.

The report by Ofsted and CQC highlighted a number of significant areas of weakness, which is a concern to everyone involved. As a parent or carer with a child or young person using our SEND services, we apologise for any alarm this may have caused.

Since the report was published we have produced an action plan, made some significant changes to improve key areas of services and recruited new people to the team.

The Department for Education (DfE) will be holding regular reviews to monitor our progress.

Our improvement journey has only just begun and we will continue to share more about the changes taking place via the SEND local offer website and our Facebook page.

The SEND Partnership Board

The SEND Partnership Board will be responsible for decisions made to improve the services.

It will have representatives from:

  • children and young people
  • parents and carers
  • teachers
  • education, health and social care professionals
  • volunteer groups

Action plan

Our action plan, also known as a written statement of action, sets out the changes we need to make to address the recommendations that Ofsted and the CQC made in their report.

The action plan has been produced by the key partners who form the SEND Partnership Board which is accountable to the Health and Wellbeing Board, the NHS and the council.

Working together is very important to making the plan succeed. Further development will take place with individual working groups including children, young people and their families.

Investing in SEND

To support the action plan, the county council and the six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have already invested significant resources by recruiting a number of new positions. These include:

  • Joint commissioner for health pan-Lancashire
  • SEND improvement partner and programme team
  • SEND ICT implementation team
  • Commissioning support managers
  • Three designated clinical officers

We will provide more details about these roles here soon.

Get in touch

If you would like to make a suggestion or have a comment about the Lancashire SEND Partnership, please email SENDpartnership@lancashire.gov.uk or call 01772 532 713.