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Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service


The local authority has a duty to ensure that joint commissioning includes health care provision for any child or young person with SEND in education or training.

You can search the Local Offer for information about health services and provision for children and young people with SEND including:

  • Services to support children and young people with medical conditions in education
  • Speech and language, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, relating to mental health
  • Wheelchair services and community equipment
  • Children’s community nursing
  • Continence services
  • Palliative, respite and continuing care for children with complex health needs
  • Support for young people when moving between children to adult healthcare services

Health and Wellbeing Boards are required to develop Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies.  This is to support prevention, identification, assessment and early intervention with a joined-up approach.

CCG's (Clinical Commissioning Groups) are responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.

As local authorities are responsible for public health, the Southend CCG works closely with them. They work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for the local community.

More information can be found on the Southend Clinical Commissioning Group's website.