SEND partnership update

September 2018

Welcome to the first autumn update from the Lancashire SEND Partnership. The term is well underway and already there is a lot of work taking place across the county to improve the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We'd like to share with you some of the latest news and developments, including:

New parent/carer representatives appointed

The Lancashire SEND Partnership has appointed 44 parent/carers who represent children, young people and families living with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across Lancashire.

From September onwards, the parent/carers will be actively involved in work to improve SEND services and help deliver the action plan developed by the Lancashire SEND Partnership following a Local Area Ofsted and CQC inspection in 2017.

Over the summer, we invited parent/carers to volunteer for a variety of positions which best matched their skills and experiences. Applications were considered by a panel of representatives from across the partnership including health, the local authority and parent/carers.

Everyone who volunteered was welcomed into a new role, ranging from positions on the partnership board, to supporting the wide range of working groups. Details of each group can be found in the Lancashire SEND Partnership written statement of action (PDF 501 KB).

John Readman, Interim Executive Director of Education and Children's Services, who is Chair of the Lancashire SEND Partnership Board, said:

"I'm really looking forward to welcoming the parent/carers into the partnership.

"Their involvement represents a significant step forward in ensuring the voice of families is central to driving improvement.

"We are determined to demonstrate that we can all work together to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people with SEND across Lancashire.

"Being part of the formal structure isn't the only opportunity for parent/carers to be involved. I would encourage anyone who is interested in contributing the partnership to make contact by emailing or calling 01772 532 280." 

Contact your designated clinical officer (DCO)

Three newly appointed DCOs will co-ordinate the education, health and care plan process and develop a consistent approach across Lancashire. They will be supported by an administrator in each region. 

They are the single point of contact for families who have a query or concern about the health provision for their child's SEND support. Parents/carers can contact the DCO for your area as follows:

North - Lancaster, Wyre and Fylde

Kathleen Freear
Tel: 01253 956168

East - Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale

Carole Kay
Tel: 01254 283139

South - Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and West Lancashire

Anne Hardman
Tel: 01254 283139

School and early years engagement

SEND Services are holding engagement events during the Autumn term. These are for headteachers, SENCos and SENDOs and early years providers. The sessions will provide an opportunity to:

  • Get an update on improvements to SEND services following the Ofsted and CQC inspection in November 2017.
  • Contribute to shaping future ways of working.
  • See how feedback from parents/carers and children and young people is informing the new vision and strategy for SEND services.

There will be 18 sessions across Lancashire. Sign up by clicking the appropriate link below:

SEND data dashboard

A new online tool provides access to school population data for children with SEND.

The webpage helps display accurate information in an easy to read dashboard. 

It is currently hosted by Lancashire County Council and supported by the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

The tool will be developed to display a wide range of information – any feedback will be welcomed by emailing

Have your say on the SEND Local Offer

The Lancashire Local Offeris being reviewed by the Engagement Working Group (2).  Feedback was gathered over the summer at engagement events with parent/carers, young people and professionals. The next stage will see the formation of a team to develop the plans to refresh the Local Offer.

The team will include parent/carers, young people, health and education professionals. If you would like to support this work please contact the partnership's engagement lead by emailing

ASD and ADHD survey extended

You may have seen in our last update we are seeking views on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD).

Specifically, your views on improving assessment for children and young people aged 0-25 years in Lancashire with ASD and ADHD.

We have extended the deadline to 30 September 2018. Please complete this short survey (external link) to give your views.

Are EHC Plans making a difference?

So far, more than 1,000 people have contributed to the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) survey from In-Control. Children, young people, families and practitioners across Lancashire can take part. The survey is part of the ongoing national pilot to help local areas understand the impact of the SEND reforms.

The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete online using one of these links:

The findings are being used to inform improvements and will enable us to understand more about what we are getting right and where we need to continue improvement. Read the 2017 report

Get in touch

If you would like to make a suggestion or have a comment about the Lancashire SEND Partnership, please email or call 01772 532 280.

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.



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
SEND partnership launched

Parent/carer engagement launched

DfE and NHS England monitoring visit

DCO's appointed

Parent/Carer reps appointed
Education engagement launched

DfE and NHS England monitoring visit

Working groups

Five working groups deliver the action plan on behalf of the SEND Partnership Board and they are next due to meet on:

1. Strategy 17 October 2018
2. Commissioning and access to provision 9 October 2018
3. Engagement 5 October 2018
4. Identifying and meeting need 15 October 2018
5. Improving outcomes 18 October 2018

Please contact if you would like to know more about the working groups.

Lancashire SEND Partnership team

The team is based in Preston and provides support and guidance to the Partnership Board and all five working groups. They have a range of different skills to engage all partners and drive the action plan. It consists of:

  • Sian Rees
    Improvement lead
  • Diane Booth
    Lancashire SEND senior manager
  • Caroline Waddington
    Senior programme manger
  • Andrea Finch
    Business support
  • Gary Robinson
    Business support
  • Caroline Hardwick
    Project lead
  • Helen Makinson
    Project lead
  • Sophie Valinakis
    Engagement lead
  • Gareth Jenkins
    Communications lead

If you have any questions about the SEND Partnership you can contact the team directly by emailing or calling 01772 532 280.