The Code of Practice published in January 2015 sets out the statutory guidance for health and local authorities.
One of the requirements within the Code of Practice is that local areas make joint commissioning arrangements for education, health and care provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities.
South Gloucestershire’s SEND Strategy 2018 – 2023 sets out our five year vision to renew and reconfigure services and partnerships, to deliver improved and effective SEND provision and services.
The Joint Commissioning Plan is intended to complement the SEND Strategy by developing an approach to local commissioning that meets the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice (2015). It aims to demonstrate how South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG)
will develop their collaborative arrangements for:
- understanding local SEND needs
- planning and commissioning education, health and social care services to meet SEND needs
- measuring the outcomes and impact of services to deliver the improvements described in the SEND Strategy
The Joint Commissioning Plan is designed to build upon our existing examples of joint commissioning to provide a more systematic and effective approach to service planning, procurement and evaluation, and to better meets the needs of South Gloucestershire’s children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25 with SEND.