Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Children and young people (0-25) have a SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which means they need extra health and education support.
Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) supports the health element of the SEND agenda for children and young people, and work with Wolverhampton City Council across health, social care and education to do this.
The CCG is working in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council to contribute to the implementation of the SEND reforms (Children and Families Act 2014).
This means that the CCG and Wolverhampton City Council work together to identify the needs of the local population and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment; identify any gaps in local provision and then jointly address them.
The Local Offer
Wolverhampton’s SEND local offer provides information in one place and can be found on Wolverhampton City Council’s website.
The CCG has responsibilities with regard to provision for children and young people with SEND which are:
- To commission services jointly for children and young people (up to age 25) with SEND, including those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
- To work in partnership with the Local Authority to develop the Local Offer.
- To have mechanisms in place to ensure practitioners and clinicians will support the integrated Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment process.
- To agree Personal Health Budgets where they are provided for children and young people with EHC plans.
What services are commissioned for children and young people with SEND?
In addition to the general services that are commissioned for the whole of the population, health services specifically provided for children and young people with additional needs include:
- Therapy services; Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy.
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
- Continuing Care and complex care assessments and packages.
A range of support can be provided including Personal health Budgets which can be used for a variety of items.
Designated Medical Officer (DMO)
The Designated Medical Officer supports Wolverhampton and the CCG to meet its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The DMO provides a point of contact for the CCG, local authority, schools and colleges when specialist health advice is required.
- Wolverhampton CCG SEND Office - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Katrina McCormick, SEND Lead - 01902 442534
- Cathy Higgins, Designated Medical Officer -01902 444325
- Emma Boyce, Continuing Care Nurse - 01902 441785