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​​​​​​​SEND Reforms: Transformation and Compliance Workstreams

Definition of Disability

The National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) definition of disability: “A person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. A physical or mental impairment includes learning difficulties, mental health conditions, medical conditions and hidden impairments such as specific learning difficulties, and speech, language and communication impairments. In deciding whether someone is disabled, substantial is defined as ‘being more than minor or trivial’; long-term as a year or more” (NASEN The Send Reforms- Who should do what ?)

Definition of Special Educational Need

“A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them (section 20).  Special educational provision is provision that is additional to or different  from that which would normally be provided for children or young people of the same age in a mainstream education setting (section 21). This definition of SEN is the same as the definition of SEN in the Education Act 1996.”

Bradford Workstreams

Workstreams - multi-agency working groups - will take responsibility for the operational management of the SEND developments across the local area which will be determined by the Code of Practice. Each work stream will provide progress highlight reports to the Partnership Board. Each work stream will be chaired by a member of the SEND Strategic Partnership Board and will include a parent/carer. Work streams will meet monthly and will consider progress towards their own particular action plan drawn up from the findings of the SEND Self Evaluation Framework (SEF) and the Council for Disabled Children’s (CDC) audit tools for the LA and CCGs. The themes of the work streams run throughout all areas of the CoP and indeed overlap and can also be found as the main headings in the Children’s and Families Act 2014 Part Three. Each work stream will take responsibility for leading on their own theme which will/may influence the working practice of the other workstreams.


  1. Coproduction and Engagement
  2. Integrated Assessment and Compliance
  3. Joint Commissioning
  4. Preparation for Adulthood

Action plans will identify the areas for development in order for all partners to meet the defined outcomes below. The action plan will identify lead officers/agencies, milestone dates and also describe what success looks like. The action plans will be RAG rated at each work stream meeting.

Workstream Outcomes:

Integrated Assessment & Compliance

  1. An integrated assessment process and pathway are in place for all children and young people aged 0-25 years who have a Special Educational Need and /or Disability.
  2. Statutory assessment and review timescales are met and comply with quality thresholds.
  3. The multi-agency approach embeds the voice of the child, young person and parent/carer.
  4. Intervention and support is in place through early help and preventative systems.
  5. A quality standards framework is in place and is part of an on going review process.
  6. Area stakeholders and partners have taken ownership of the integrated assessment process.
  7. Bradford children and young people receive better outcomes through improved integrated service delivery.

Joint Commissioning

  1. The joint commissioning SEND strategy 0-25 years has been co-produced with partners.
  2. Effective partnerships are evident across education, health, care, parenting groups, the third sector, children and young people.
  3. There is a clear relationship between population needs and what is procured for children and young people with SEND.
  4. Governance and approval mechanisms are in place to agree local area strategy and priorities.
  5. The Local Offer provides a comprehensive, transparent and accessible picture of the range of commissioned services.
  6. Joint commissioning is part of an on-going review and improvement cycle.

Preparation for Adulthood

  1. The local area works together in relation to Higher Education and/or employment, independent living, participating in society, being healthy as possible in adult life and staying safe.
  2. Advice and the right support are in place for children and Young People to achieve successful, long term outcomes in adult life.
  3. Systems are in place to enable children and young people to make choices from an early age.
  4. Robust systems exist for monitoring destinations, stickability and the tracking of transient post-16 population.
  5. Pathways exist to paid employment including apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships through sign posting by high quality careers advice and guidance. 
  6. 19-25 year old with SEND  with or without EHCPs are accessing relevant funding or free access to FE and apprenticeships.
  7. Transition to adult health services and adult social care is timely, appropriate and well planned.
  8. The performance data for children and young people with SEND is tracked against national comparators to inform inspirational achievement and progress pathways.

Co-Production and Engagement

  1. A system of honest and open communication engenders good levels of confidence and a sense of partnership between parents and professionals.
  2. The Local Offer provides a comprehensive, transparent and accessible picture of the current range of services.
  3. Education, health and social care provisions are linked to the development and review of the Local Offer.
  4. Co-production between services, schools at all stages and parents/carers is very strong
  5. Services and families work together to agree outcomes and co-produce recommendations, plans, actions and reviews.
  6. Comments about the content of Local Offer are published and actions are taken in response to these comments.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

If parent/carers and young people would like to be part of the SEND Transformation & Compliance Workstreams please contact Jane Hall: SEND Transformation & Compliance Manager - Email: and tel no: 01274 43 8712 ​​​​​​​

SEND Glossary of terms

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.