The SEND Priority Workstream is led by Elaine Allegretti (DCS Barking and Dagenham). The work of the group is underpinned by key principles:

  • We are committed to the ambitions of the SEND reforms
  • We want all children and young people with SEND to thrive in their families, local schools and communities.
  • We will work in partnership to improve outcomes and enable independence for successful transition to and in adulthood.
  • We will do all we can to ensure all providers are inclusive and that parents and carers are able to exercise parental choice in the best interests of their children.
  • We will work together to shape local health, care, education, support, and free time provider markets to empower children, young people and families to flourish in their communities.
  • Recognising autonomy of local authorities and diversity of their community needs and looking to work regionally only where it makes sense to do it together

We are engaging key pan-London groups in the development of the programme including the SEND Strategic Managers and Parent Carers Network, London Region DfE SEND Steering Group, London Innovation and Improvement Alliance including key workstreams on Placement Commissioning and Adolescent Safeguarding and the Pan-London Placement Commissioning Steering Group and Panel. Additionally, children, young people and families as well as key partners such as Health are being engaged in the workstreams.

For a detailed introduction to our work, please take look at our SEND Programme 2020/22.

The group is facilitated by Frank Offer (contact details opposite).

Our ambition for the next 12 to 18 months

Pan-London collaboration

 Work in progress

  • Joint work on commissioning, for children and young people with a high level of need
  • Jointly working with ALDCS health agenda to get a pan-London framework for joint working with Health for children with SEND

  Work in development

  • Collaboration around travel and SEND transport
  • Sharing models and practice of co-production with children, young people and parents/carers
  • Strengthen the Preparation for Adulthood offer

 Sub-regional collaboration

  • Peer challenge or peer review events
  • EHCP moderation workshop across local authorities
  • Identify good practice in local cross-border quality assurance arrangements and support development in new areas.

 Support learning and improvement

  • Manage a programme of ALDCS SEND Learning events co-ordinated with DfE SEND Regional Co-ordinator programme, SEND Strategic Managers and Parent Carers Network and DfE commissioned strategic partners.
  • Develop a repository of effective/innovative practice in SEND.