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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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:

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