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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.

SEND York Outcomes Framework

SEND framework

SEND Mission Statement (2022)

Working together to provide the best support for Children and Young People with SEND in the North Yorkshire and York Partnerships. 

We will work in partnership with stakeholders, support our Providers with appropriate training and regular meetings to review objectives and identify improvements, and continue to work together unifying York and North Yorkshire.

Complying with the Children’s and Families Act and SEND Code of Practice, ensuring that children and young people have their voices heard and have access to the resources they need. We will continually seek to improve services for our SEND population.

CCG Arrangements for Supporting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Health services have statutory responsibilities in relation to children and young people (0-25yrs) with SEND. A guide for health professionals can be found here 0 to 25 SEND code of practice: a guide for health professionals (

VOY CCG commissioned health services cover 3 local authority areas and as such 3 local SEND partnerships. The CCG has a duty to work with local authorises in enabling children and young people with SEND to achieve the best they can.

In order to support the CCG with their duties in relation to SEND Louise Wootton was appointed as an Associate Designated Clinical Officer (ADCO) in Feb 2021. Since starting in post Louise has focused on improving timeliness and quality of health advice provided for Education, Health and Care (EHCP) needs assessments across all three areas and is a quorate member of the City of York multiagency decision-making panels that consider applications for EHCPs. A CCG commissioning manager is a member of the City of York SEND Resource Allocation Panel.

Louise presented a SEND update to Governing Body in Dec 2021 which is available here. More information about the ADCO role can be found here. Louise can be contacted via the CCG SEND inbox at

GP's or practice nurses across Vale of York CCG may be asked for advice as part of education, health and care plan (EHCP) process. Information about EHCPs and the processes can be found on the local authority 'Local Offer' which can be found here:

The Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care.

Live Well York - community directory

In 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. 

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.

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.

SEND Newsletter 

Welcome to our first newsletter to update you on how we are involving and supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. Lots has been happening and we are working hard to ensure that you feel involved and informed about our progress.

SEND Updates

City of York Council (CYC) and the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) welcome the opportunity to continually and jointly improve services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in York.

Our ambition is for York to be a city that is inclusive for all;  that services are delivered at the right time and from the right places and  that all of our children succeed and are happy, healthy and safe.

Following the Local Area SEND Inspection that took place in December, we are making some changes to our services. This page has updates about the improvements we’re making, details of how you can get involved and information about the inspection.

You can find out more about how we have been working in joint partnership 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 and October 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 and a futher three in October 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.

Joint partnership model

We worked with families, children and young people and the parent carer forum to collaborate on a new model of joint partnership.

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.

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