Joining up the dots

What do large change programmes mean for children and young people with SEND and their families, and the services which support them? 

We know that children and young people with SEND and complex needs often access support delivered by multiple agencies and services, and that often this support is not as integrated as it should or could be. Lots of work is happening nationally, regionally and locally to transform the services for and experiences of children, young people and their families. This page brings together resources, examples of effective practice and more information to help us understand how we can all support greater alignment of services and change to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

National SEND Programmes Audit Tool

This document allows local areas to measure progress in aligning their work with national programmes and SEND.

What does the Integrated Personalised Commissioning (IPC) programme mean for children and young people with SEND?

The Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme changes the way services are planned, commissioned and delivered to focus on proactive coordination of care, community capacity and peer support and personalised care and support planning, and to give people who use services greater choice and control over their care and the money that is spent on it.

Read more about the Integrated Personalised Commissioning (IPC) programme and what it means for children and young people with SEND.

What does the Transforming Care Programme mean for children and young people with SEND?

The Transforming Care programme aims to improve health and care services to enable children and adults with learning disabilities, autism, or both, to access the support they need at home or in the community.

Read case studies from the Transforming Care programme and how it has helped children and young people.

What does mental health transformation mean for children and young people with SEND?

The government has committed to spending over £1.25bn to transform children’s and adolescents' mental health services (CAMHS) by 2020. This programme will take forward recommendations from the NHS England and Department of Health report Future in Mind (2015) to improve and integrate services and to support children and young people to be more involved in decisions about their care.

Read the recent Green Paper consultation: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision (Dec 2017)

Read Future in Mind (2015)

Read more about the government’s mental health transformation programme

Read resources for commissioners working in CAMHS

The changing commissioning landscape

Since 2015, NHS and local authority partners across England have been working to develop and implement Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), working jointly to plan, improve and better integrate services and to improve efficiency in their local area. One focus of the STP programme is to improve people’s experience of care by joining up services, making sure they get the right support at the right time, and giving people more control over their own care.

Read more about the changing commissioning landscape

Supported Internships in action

These videos demonstrate how the Supported Internships programme is working in Manchester.

Manchester Airport

Manchester College and Cenral Manchester Hospitals Trust

George at the Alchemist bar

Other helpful resources

Read ‘Good intentions, good enough? The Lenehan review into residential special schools’ (Nov 2017)

Read ‘These are our children: a review by Christine Lenehan’ (Jan 2017)

Requirements to provide Health Advice within six weeks

Use our audit tools to help assess your progress towards implementation of the 2014 Children and Families Act reforms in relation to disabled children and young people and those with SEN