Special Educational Needs and Disability

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Special Educational Needs and Disability

In September 2014 the government has made some changes to the support system for disabled children and young people and those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) - this law is called the Children and Families Act.

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires us to work with Essex County Council across education and social care services to support the health element of services for children and young people with SEND and their families living in Mid Essex.

Children and young people will have more say over what support and services are offered in the local area and the help they need to prepare for adulthood.

Local authorities must now publish, in one place, information about the range of support and facilities that is available in their area for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years with SEND.

This information is known as the ‘Local Offer’ and should cover education, health and social care support and services. The Local Offer for Essex can be found here.

What services are commissioned for children and young people with SEND?

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will often need support from different health services at different stages in their lives.

Children and young people’s needs are met from a range of NHS services, some are universal, such as GPs and health visitors and some are more specialised and will need an assessment or referral from a health or social care professional.

In addition to the general services that are commissioned for the whole of the population, health services specially provided for children and young people with additional needs include (not exclusively):

  • Community Paediatrics
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Specialist Children’s Nursing
  • Special School Nursing
  • Specialist Children’s Continence 
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services
  • Continuing Health Care Assessments and Packages of Care
  • Equipment including wheelchairs and mobility aids
  • Personal health budgets
  • Acute Paediatric Care

These services are commissioned by Mid Essex CCG and provided for children and young people registered with a GP in Mid Essex.

NHS Mid Essex CCG have a Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) to support them and the health services they commission in meeting their statutory duties and responsibilities.