Bromley CCG Statement of Commitment to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Bromley CCG works with local partner organisations in education, social care and the public sector to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25 years are well supported and empowered to lead full and rewarding lives.

The Children and Families Act (2014) and the subsequent SEND Code of Practice (2015) has a greater focus on improved learning and life outcomes through a new system of joined up working across education, health and social care

Bromley CCG is fully committed to working jointly with partners across the local area to ensure that all education, health and care providers have the capacity, skills and confidence to deliver high quality provision for children and young people who have SEND.

All parties in Bromley have a shared and collective responsibility and must play their part. We will work together and challenge each other to allow us to meet our moral and legal obligations.

As part of our approach the CCG has a Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) to support the organisation in meeting its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with SEND. Bromley CCG is one of first in London to employ a full time DCO.

The Bromley DCO provides the point of contact for local authorities, schools and colleges in relation to the health needs for children and young people who may have SEND. The DCO works with colleagues across the CCG, health provider organisations and the local authority to ensure that:

  • SEND is included in a wide range of work programmes,
  • Children’s health needs are reflected in Education, Health, and Care plans
  • The children’s health workforce has the necessary knowledge and skills in relation to SEND
  • The Bromley local area can demonstrate positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND

In September 2018 the London Borough of Bromley and the CCG launched a new Vision and Priorities Statement. This collaborative work describes the vision, priorities and actions required across all local partner agencies that will allow us to fully embed change across the whole system.

At Bromley CCG there is a strong commitment to public and patient engagement; this is no different when thinking about children, young people and families with experience of SEND. We regularly consult with, and seek the views of local families through the Bromley Parent Carer Forum and other stakeholder engagement events.

Further information about the support, services and latest news for and about children and young people with SEND in Bromley can be found on the Bromley Local Offer website.

The work that has been done so far to support children, young people and families is set out in SEND - our journey

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