Lancashire SEND Partnership

Lancashire SEND Partnership

The Lancashire SEND Partnership brings together all the agencies in Lancashire which provide special educational needs and disability (SEND) services for children, young people, their parents and carers, with representatives from those who use the service.

The SEND Partnership was formed following the Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection of SEND services in our local area.

We will continue to share more about the changes taking place via regular updates so look out for notices on our SEND local offer website and Facebook page or view our events on Eventbrite.

If you would like to get in touch with the partnership team, you can email or call 01772 532 280.


Ofsted and the CQC carried out a SEND Local Area revisit in Lancashire between 9 and 12 March 2020. The revisit was to evaluate the effectiveness of Lancashire's progress in improving SEND services for children and young people against the twelve areas of significant concern identified during the November 2017 SEND Local Area Inspection.

Inspectors identified seven of these areas of significant concern as having sufficiently improved, and although there have been improvements in the remaining five areas, further on-going work is required.

We will respond to the findings in the report with a targeted action plan that addresses the five areas which continue to require improvement. This will be monitored by the Department for Education SEND Intervention Unit and NHS England.

You can view the reports on the Ofsted reports website and our news item provides more information about the report and our response.

You can find regular updates for parents and carers on our Facebook page and the Lancashire Parent Carer Forum website under the Covid-19 tab. 

Disruption to services

On 12 March 2020, Cabinet agreed the proposals arising from the outcome of the review of Lancashire's Short Break Offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Cabinet also agreed that a consultation is undertaken on the proposed changes.

Find out more about the proposed new short breaks offer.

One of the priorities for the SEND Partnership was to review Lancashire's SEND local offer, which is the information, advice, support and services available across Lancashire, for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Following an extensive review, work has been carried out over the last six months to revise the local offer website, which provides a central access point to this information. You can find the revised SEND local offer website at

To help spread the word about the new local offer, please share this link or our electronic flyer (PDF 101 KB) with anyone you think may benefit from accessing the local offer. The flyer can be reproduced if required and included in newsletters, social media or on your own websites.

We will continue to share more about the changes taking place via regular updates on the SEND local offer website and Facebook page. In the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch with the SEND Partnership,

Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed a number of proposals to increase the provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in Lancashire over the next five years. The county council needs to support the increasing number of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) that are developed for children and young people. An increase of 42% was experienced between 2014 and 2019. Ensuring that as many children as possible are educated in mainstream schools that are suitable to fit their needs is a paramount commitment of the county council, as well as ensuring that appropriate sufficient specialist provision is available. It is expected that at least another 213 special school places will be needed within the next five years. The county council is investing an additional £10m to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

For more information about this, please see the council's news article.

The SEND Partnership has agreed its ways of working (PDF 499 KB). This document was agreed at the SEND Partnership Board on 16 September.

The LPCF open event in October was a celebration of parent participation and the impact of how parents being involved with improvement work has been a positive change in our county over the past year.

Invited speakers spoke to parent carers on topics including how parents have been involved in the redesign of the Neurodevelopmental Pathway, the Short Breaks redesign and the development of the One Page Profile section of the Education Health and Care Plan.

Parent carers were given opportunities to share their views on selected topics, to post questions and comments either via the flip chart questions around the room or via the tabled questions. All these comments, questions and responses will be published in the Event Report which will be available in the coming weeks.

A child's first day at school can be nerve-racking for them and their parent/carers. Take a look at Lancashire County Council's video with hints and tips for getting your child ready to start school. If you would like more information about any help your child may need you can visit the special educational needs and disabilities local offer.

Lancashire SEND Partnership is hosting three more events in the north and west of the county for parent carers to talk about SEND issues with local professionals.

So far this year, 12 events have been held across Lancashire where parents have met designated clinical officers, SEN co-ordinators, senior managers from the inclusion service and members of the information advice and support team.

We will post upcoming events at different locations when they become available.

POWAR the council for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities have created a survey for young people with SEND to share what they think is the top issue for them. Once the results are in, POWAR will create a campaign to raise awareness of and tackle the issue.

POWAR would like to hear the voices of children and young people through this survey and ask that you share it with your child/young person so POWAR can collate as many views as possible.

If your child or young person would like to join POWAR, or you would like more information about the group, please email Mia Leyland on  

The Local Area Partnerships (LAPs) provide two-way communication between families and senior practitioners. Each monthly meeting is hosted by the Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) who enables families to identify and address SEND issues at a local level. The LAPs meet in schools in the north, east and south of Lancashire and have representatives from health, education and the local authority who talk with parent carers and young people about their needs and identify any gaps in services.

To raise a question or concern in your area please contact your DCO before the next meeting:

Area DCO Email
North Kathleen Freear
South Anne Hardman
East Carole Kay

Each LAP meeting is attended by at least one parent carer representative who will help ensure your voice is heard.

The SEND Partnership Board

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

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

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

Due to the COVID-19 response, the Partnership Board meetings were stood down from March 2020 to July 2020, with delegated responsibility being handed to the SEND Operational Group in the interim. Meetings were reconvened from September 2020 online via Microsoft Teams.

Meeting notes

Time to get involved: The Lancashire SEND Plan

Following on from the Think SEND events we've now produced a draft plan and we need to get your views.

Watch our video or read on to find out more about the plan and what we'd like to hear your views on.

You told us that the Lancashire SEND Partnership has not been hearing your voice, and that by taking part in the series of spring 2021 'Think SEND' events you felt heard, valued and that your input would genuinely be reflected in the SEND Plan and its priorities.

All the information and feedback that over 160 people provided throughout the 'Think SEND' events has been collated, evaluated, and used to help us write this document. Your input has played a key role in creating the draft SEND Plan.

This is not the end.  It is only the beginning of the journey we want to take with you at the centre. 

With your help, Lancashire SEND Partnership wants a plan that can change, be added to, and be updated alongside the current and changing needs of the SEND Community.  The SEND Plan is our strategic document and it provides the high level priorities, what benefits we expect to achieve, and the ways in which we will work on SEND matters. At the delivery levels we will then have a series of action plans. The timing of delivery will be determined through 3 categories:

  • The must do’s – meeting our statutory duties
  • The should do’s – improving the quality of what we deliver
  • The could do’s – working towards a gold standard, with a continuous improvement approach

We welcome you taking time to read through the Draft SEND Plan, and for giving us feedback. Please refer to the final step of this ‘Time to Get Involved’ guide to find out what you can do next to tell us what you think of the Plan. Our only request is that you help us by being constructive so that we can learn from your contributions.

How we got here

This section is for information to tell you how we got to this point in our improvements of the Lancashire SEND Offer and the development of the SEND Plan.

A good SEND Offer

We heard what people want from a good SEND offer in Lancashire. What do you think of the description of a good SEND Offer? Is it what you want for your child or young person, or for you as a child or young person with SEND?

Vision and priorities

What do you think of the vision and priorities? Have we got these right?

Ways of working

Alongside the vision and priorities, we have a section that describes the ways of working that you told us you want to be adopted across Lancashire. Have we got these right?

  • You told us you felt heard at the Think SEND events – now that we have written the first draft of the Lancashire SEND Plan, we want to know, did we hear you correctly?
  • You told us what a good SEND Offer looks like for you. Take a look at that section of the SEND Plan. Have we got this right?
  • You told us how we will know when we are getting things right. Take a look in the Plan at the aspirations. Have we got this right?
  • You suggested what the new vision should be. Take a look at the vision in the Plan. Do you agree? Do you want to suggest any changes?
  • You told us the priorities that we suggested didn’t make sense to you. We have made changes using your words. Read through the priorities and what the priorities mean in the SEND Plan. Have we got the priorities right?
  • You told us that the way we work is more important to you than the vision and priorities. In the Plan we have written the ways of working that are important to you. Is this what you want?
  • The SEND Plan includes contact details of various useful people, teams and networks at the end. Have we missed anything? What else would it help to have on the ‘Here to Help’ section?

The consultation ends midday on Friday 25 June 2021.

There are 4 ways that you can share your views – pick any of these that suits you.

  1. Attend one of the SEND Plan Consultation events in June where you can join in with voting on polls, commenting in the chat box and discussing elements of the plan in a breakout session. You can book via Eventbrite.
  2. Fill in the online survey 
  3. Email feedback to –
  4. Sign up to become a SEND Plan Champion and respond with the views from a group of people. 

Become a SEND Plan Champion

Anyone can be a SEND Plan Champion – as an individual or you can talk to other people too to gather their ideas and feedback.

As a Champion you can comment for yourself or on behalf of a group of people, such as teachers you work with, physios in your team, parents you know, the people you represent formally or informally.

As a Champion you will:

  • Read the Draft Lancashire SEND Plan and familiarise yourself with it so that you can answer questions we have for you
  • Share your or your group’s ideas and feedback on the Draft SEND Plan with the Lancashire SEND Partnership

Email us at to become a SEND plan champion.

Improvement plan

In 2018, our written statement of action (WSoA), set out the changes we needed to make to address the recommendations that Ofsted and the CQC made in their report.

In early 2019, we produced an important update to the WSoA called our Improvement Plan. This plan was produced by the partners who form the SEND Partnership Board which is accountable to the Health and Wellbeing Board, the NHS and the council.

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


Local Area Partnership

Local Area Partnership (LAP) meetings allow representatives from the SEND Partnership to discuss local issues in the north, south and east of Lancashire. The meetings are organised by the designated clinical officer (DCO) and includes members from education, health, the local authority and the parent carer forum.

Schools and families can raise local concerns about SEND services by contacting your local DCO. Any issue which can't be resolved at local level will be raised to the SEND Partnership Board.


November 17 January 18 March 18 April 18 May 18 June 18
Ofsted and CQC inspection completed Ofsted and CQC report published SEND action plan created DfE and NHS England monitoring visit

Action plan approved by Ofsted
and SEND partnership launched

Parent/carer engagement launched
July 18 August 18 September 18 October 18 November 18 December 18 
DfE and NHS England monitoring visit DCO's appointed Parent/carer reps appointed and education engagement launched DfE and NHS England monitoring visit SEND Partnership publishes its vision, values and strategy DfE and NHS England monitoring visit
January 19 February 19 March 19 April 19  May 19 July 19 
POET survey re-launched Draft improvement plan published with partners New working groups hold first meetings 2019-2020 Improvement Plan published Parent Carer Forum Participation training workshops Inclusion Service host education engagement events
August 19 September 19 October 19 November 19  December 2019  January 2020 
Cabinet agreed to review and redesign the whole Short Breaks Offer, in partnership with parents, carers, young people and providers. SEND Partnership Board Meeting

SEND Partnership host Annual Review Guidance/Support Events

LPCF One Year On Event

SEND Partnership Board Meeting Short Breaks Offer Re-design Workshops Short Breaks face to face engagement with children and young people
February 20          
Short Breaks report submitted to Cabinet          


Get in touch

If you would like to make a suggestion or have a comment about the Lancashire SEND Partnership, please email

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