As a CCG, we work closely with Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to support Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) programmes and services in Birmingham and Solihull.
The Children and Families Act 2014 transformed the SEND system of support for children and young people (CYP) and extended the legal SEND support framework to up to 25 years of age.
With a strong emphasis on CYP achieving good outcomes, becoming independent and being included in the community, the Act requires education, health and social care to work closely together as equal partners in SEND support.
The SEND code of practice (within the Act) provides detailed statutory guidance for education, health and care services and makes explicit the need for joint commissioning, integrated support across agencies and access to personal health budgets, as well as giving parents/carers and young people a greater say in their own care and support.
Watch the film below to hear how young people and their families get more of a say in their support.
The code of practice describes a ‘graduated approach’ to SEND support, where services work together for CYP who have additional support needs via SEND support plans and health care plans. A small minority of CYP will benefit from an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). You can learn more about what an EHCP is here.
Other useful links related to SEND services include:
- SEND guide for parents and carers (August 2014)
- Council for Disabled Children
- Disability Matters
- SEND Gateway
The Local Offer
As part of the SEND code of practice, local authorities are required to publish and keep up to date information about services from education, health and social care which they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. This is known as the Local Offer.
The Local Offer aims to improve choice, flexibility and transparency so that families are clear about what services are available to support them and their child with SEND. By setting out the local provision available, both families and professionals are enabled to make informed decisions and plan for the future.
The Local Offer websites for Birmingham and Solihull have lots of useful information on, please follow the links to view the health information on your local offer and browse all that is there:
In Birmingham, the two Designated Medical Officers (DMOs) are Dr Orlaith Byrne and Dr Manjeet Raina, who share the DMO role alongside their work as Consultant Community Paediatricians in Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Ali Beard brings her clinical background in speech and language therapy and works full time in the role of Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) within the CCG.
The Birmingham DMO/DCO team act as a link into the range of health providers in the city: Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Forward Thinking Birmingham, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital as well as local GPs and the acute hospitals.
For more information on health services in your area, please click here.
In Solihull, Maria Kidd works part time as Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) for SEND, Maria brings her experience of commissioning in both health and local authority and has a clinical background in health visiting. Dr Renu Jainer, Consultant Community Paediatrician for University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is the interim DMO.
In Solihull there is close work with Solihull MBC as well as health providers such as SOLAR, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital as well as local GPs and the acute hospitals.
For more information on health services in your area, please go to:
- Children's community nursing service
- Children's learning disability service
- Specialist Assessment Centre (formerly Meadow Centre)
- Health Visiting Service
- School nursing service
- Community paediatrics
- Infant feeding
- Paediatric physiotherapy service
- Paediatric audiology service
- Paediatric occupational therapy service
- Paediatric speech and language therapy service
- Children's Community Services Therapy Referral Forms