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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Children and Families Act (2014) places a statutory duty on the NHS to work with their local authority partners to provide help and support to children, young people aged 0-25 years, and their families, who have a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

SEND covers physical and mental health conditions and learning disabilities: conditions do not have to be long term or lifelong, although many children and young people with SEND do have such conditions.   

Under the Act we work with our local authority partners, City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to ensure:

  • Early identification of SEND.
  • Ensure effective support is provided for children and young people with SEND.
  • Ensure positive life outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
  • Communicate with and gather the views of children, young people and their families and other users of SEN services.
  • Ensure that the health advice for Education Health and Care Plans is provided on time, and details those health care needs as relate to their special educational needs

We also work closely with our health providers, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, our acute and community services provider and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, who provides mental health services and support.

As part of this work, our three local authority partners have developed SEND Local Offer websites.  These Local Offer websites put a range of information about education, health and social care, and activities to support children, young people and their families all in one place.  The Local Offer websites provide information on available SEN resources, including:

  • Early Years 0-5 years
  • Education and training
  • Becoming an adult
  • Health and wellbeing, including general health, mental health, autism and learning disabilities
  • Equipment
  • Transport
  • Leisure
  • Social care
  • Support and advice services
  • Finance
  • Parental support

If you think that additional support over and above normal provision would to meet the needs of you or your child, then to find out about advice and support, please visit the Local Offer website for the area in which you live to see what is available and who you can contact for help and support.

Local Offer websites:

Live Well York - community directory

In City of York there is a directory of services, Live Well York, which provides advice and information for those over the age of 18 who may have specialist needs or disabilities. This website covers some of the same topics as the Local Offer and will be a very useful resource  as young people move into adult life. 

Written Statement of Action (June 2020)

The City of York Council and Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group published a joint Written Statement of Action outlining how services for children and young people in York with SEND will be improved. The document is available in our publications section and can be accessed by clicking here.

Children and Young People Continuing Care

Children and young people may receive a continuing care package if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that can't be met by existing universal or specialist services alone. Find out more about the children and young people's continuing care service here.

SEND Communication and Engagement Strategy August 2020

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and City of York Council (CYC)  welcome the opportunity to continually and jointly improve services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in York. We know that we need to communicate better with the families, children and young people we’re working with and so in August 2020, we created a joint ‘Communications and Engagement Strategy’ which sets out how we want to communicate, who with and when.

Click here to view the SEND Communication and Engagement Strategy August 2020

Co-production training July 2020

Laura Brown (Local Offer and Participation Officer, CYC) and Victoria Binks (Head of Engagement, CCG) planned and facilitated four training sessions in July 2020 (including an evening session) to explore the understanding and perception of co-production and to establish a common definition of co-production and model of co-production for York. The sessions looked at addressing the key challenges and successes people may face, and facilitated discussion around how to embed co-production within everyday activities.

Read the co-production training report here.

View the co-production training session slides here.

Resources for families with disabled children

Families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities can sign up for this SEND newsletter from Yorks Local Offer to keep up to date with news and support here:

The organisation 'Contact', which is dedicated to supporting families with disabled children, have moved many of their resources online due to the covid-19 pandemic. They can be accessed through the links below:


Listening Ear

COVID -19 Information Pages

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