Children & Families Act 2014
The Children & Families Act 2014 placed a new requirement on local partners, including CCGs and health providers, to work effectively together to improve outcomes children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The aim of the legislation was to bring about more integrated and personalised services, a focus on outcomes and alignment with a number of key NHS programmes such as Transforming Care (Learning Disability), Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) transformation and integrated and personalised commissioning.
The Local Offer gives information to parents of children with, and to young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities between the ages of 0–25, in a single place. It sets out what services families can expect from a range of local agencies. It will also be an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
The Local Offer clarifies what provision is normally available from early year’s settings, schools (including academies), independent and free schools, colleges and other services including health and social care. To access the local offer visit:
Designated Clinical Officer
The designated clinical officer (DCO) role is a key element in supporting health services in the implementation of the Children and Families Act and the scope of the role is very broad. The Designated clinical officer (DCO) co-ordinates the education, health and care plan process. They are the single point of contact for families who have a query or concern about the health provision for their child’s SEND support.
You can contact the DCO as follows:
Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire – Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale
Tel: 01254 612 722
For more information about the DCO role, please visit the DCO page on the local offer:
Joint working to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND
Organisations across Blackburn with Darwen work together in support of children and young people achieving better outcomes as set out within the Blackburn with Darwen 0–25 Special Educational Needs and/or Disability Strategy:
A range of partners including the Parent Carer Forum, the local authority and health commissioners attend the Blackburn with Darwen SEND Partnership Board to take forward the strategy. Health commissioners and the local authority also come together at the 0–25 Joint Commissioning Group. Our joint commissioning arrangements are set out here: