Lancashire SEND Partnership

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

The partnership brings 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 established the SEND Partnership Board 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 regular updates so look out for notices on SEND local offer website and our Facebook page.

The SEND Partnership Board

The SEND Partnership Board is responsible for decisions made to improve the services. It has representatives from:

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

You can read more information about the membership and role of the board in the terms of reference (PDF 163KB).

Meeting notes

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.

We will keep this page up to date with news and information so look out for updates on the SEND local offer website and our Facebook page.

"We are committed to ensuring children and young people from Lancashire with special educational needs and/or disabilities are at the heart of our developments and benefit from high quality services."

Latest news

Find out what's happening in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) service across Lancashire.

Timeline

2017

November
Ofsted and CQC inspection completed

2018

January
Ofsted and CQC report published

March
SEND action plan created

April
DfE and NHS England monitoring visit

May
Action plan approved by Ofsted
SEND partnership launched

June
Parent/carer engagement launched

July
DfE and NHS England monitoring visit

August
DCO's appointed

September
Parent/Carer reps appointed
Education engagement launched

October
DfE and NHS England monitoring visit

SEND Partnership Board leadership

The board is being led by senior post holders from the council and NHS:

  • John Readman, Executive Director of Education and Children's Services, Lancashire County Council
  • Mark Youlton, Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer with responsibility for SEND
  • Hilary Fordham, Chief Operating Officer, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group
  • David Graham, Head of SEND service, Lancashire County Council