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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Many children and young people who have additional needs require support from a range of services, including health.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice sets out the statutory duties for health, education and social care to listen to families and provide the right range of services so that children, young people and young adults with SEND up to the age of 25 years old can achieve their potential.

Greater Manchester’s Integrated Care Partnership enables greater integration across organisations and improved sharing of good practice and common solutions across the city region by having more joined up work and shared responsibility for outcomes for children, young people and families.

SEND is a priority for Greater Manchester’s Integrated Care Board (ICB), known as NHS Greater Manchester. This is recognised in the following ways:

  • ICBs must consider how they will meet the needs of children and young people aged 0-25 and set this out in their forward plans.
  • ICBs must consider how to ensure a diverse skill mix of leadership, which should include a consideration of whether there is knowledge and expertise related to children and to SEND.
  • Each ICB must have an executive lead responsible for SEND and accountable for how well SEND support by partners is delivered.
  • ICBs have to work with children’s system leaders, children and young people and families when forming their strategies and have to show how they have met their statutory responsibilities relating to SEND in their annual report.

Working in partnership

NHS Greater Manchester works in close partnership with the ten local authorities in GM to ensure that health commissioning is effective in meeting the health needs of children and young people with SEND.

Each local authority has a ‘Local Offer’. This describes the help and support available in their area for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years with SEND and their families. The information should cover education, health and social care support and services.

Details of the SEND Local Offer in each area is below.

Bolton SEND Local Offer Bury SEND Local Offer Manchester SEND Local Offer Oldham SEND Local Offer Rochdale SEND Local Offer Salford SEND Local Offer Stockport SEND Local Offer Tameside SEND Local Offer Trafford SEND Local Offer Wigan SEND Local Offer
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