This information sets out the role and function of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group in relation to special educational needs and disability (SEND). It also covers the services commissioned for children and young people with SEND, and how to access the Liverpool Local Offer website. The name and contact details of the designated clinical officer (DCO) for Liverpool are also detailed below.
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 for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN). The aims of this 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.
If children and young people aged 0 - 25yrs have special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND), Liverpool's Local Offer website will provide them, their families and professionals with accessible information about services and support available locally.
The Local Offer helps you to understand what services you can expect from a range of local agencies, including your statutory entitlements, eligibility and referral criteria. The Local Offer also makes clear what is available from a wide range of services, including:
You can reach the Liverpool Local Offer website by clicking on this link.
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 key responsibilities of the DCO are as follows:
Since December 2018 Emma Powell has been the current DCO for Liverpool and Sefton.
If you would like to get in touch, please use the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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