We support partners in local areas to co-design, embed and deliver joint approaches to meeting the needs of children, young people and their families.
Joint commissioning is about more than having a joint commissioning strategy.
It's about creating an environment that enables stakeholders to plan and organise services that meet need and provide a joined-up experience for children and young people.
This should be informed by the voice of children and young people and their families and backed up by evidence of need.
The Council for Disabled Children regularly receives questions from SEND Regional Leads and delegates from the regional SEND workshops on a whole series of issues relating to the SEND reforms and joint commissioning. Joint commissioning bulletins are designed to share the learnings from those discussions to a broader audience.
CDC has also created a joint commissioning checklist which provides local areas with a framework for assessing their progress towards effective joint commissioning arrangements.
As part of the Delivering Better Outcomes Together (DBOT) contract, funded by the Department for Education, CDC has also supported a number of local areas to being or progress their work on outcomes based commissioning (OBC).
The system around SEND is complex and multi-layered which can result in Local Areas working in siloed ways with no clear picture of the impact of their work or a sense of what is happening in other parts of the system.
CDC has developed a simple SEND system checklist/audit tool which provides local areas with a framework for assessing their progress towards effective joint working.