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Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND)



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.


Local Offer

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:

  • Early years settings
  • Schools (including academies and free schools) & colleges
  • Sport and recreation
  • Health services
  • Social care
  • Employment, further education and volunteering

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:

  • Oversight – across all health professionals delivering healthcare to individual disabled children, young people and those with special educational needs
  • Coordination – in relation to the Local Offer, process for mediation arrangements regarding the health elements of the EHC plan and EHC assessments with other key assessments such as Children & Young People’s Continuing Care assessments and Looked After Children Health assessments
  • Strategic – contribution to the development of a joint commissioning strategy and participation and engagement strategy.

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:


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