Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Special educational needs and disabilities ( SEND)

The Special education needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years further sets out the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

This includes :

  • Commission services jointly for children and young people (up to age 25) with SEND, including those with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans
  • Work with the local authority to contribute to the ‘local offer’ of services available
  • Have mechanisms in place to ensure practitioners and clinicians will support the integrated EHC needs assessment process
  • Agree personal budgets where they are provided for those with EHC plans

Following the Newcastle local area SEND inspection in April/May this year, we have developed a plan of how we are responding to the findings.  This is the ‘written statement of action’ (WSoA), comprising actions we are taking as a local area.

The local area incorporates Newcastle City Council, Newcastle & Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group and wider partners/stakeholders across Newcastle.

Progress has already been made on many of the actions we have included, and as a local area we are committed to continuing improvement.

Newcastle City Council will be publishing updates as further developments take place. This information can be accessed through the council’s website here.

Newcastle local area written statement of action.

We have been working well with our colleagues in education to support the need of children young people and their families who need SEND support.  In December 2018 young people spent a day working with Health and Education to explain their need and wants and how to make things better – giving them a voice to change services and have their say.

Here is the overall feedback from that event:

Further information