SEND Updates

City of York Council (CYC) and the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) welcome the opportunity to continually and jointly improve services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in York.

Our ambition is for York to be a city that is inclusive for all;  that services are delivered at the right time and from the right places and  that all of our children succeed and are happy, healthy and safe.

Following the Local Area SEND Inspection that took place in December, we are making some changes to our services. This page has updates about the improvements we’re making, details of how you can get involved and information about the inspection.

Special Educational Needs and/or Disability Q&A Sessions

Every month starting in October, CYC and CCG will be hosting Q&A sessions for parents and carers to ask questions about specific services. The services that host will give a small presentation about their service, what they do, how they can support families in York and explain how their service is currently running, highlighting any areas that have changed due to the pandemic.

These events will be held via Zoom and the joining details will be shared via parent groups and Local Offer social media.

Schedule of events:

Service Date
Short Breaks 23.10.20
SENDIASS 26.11.20 at 13:00
Educational Psychology 14.12.20 at 10:00
Specialist Teaching Teams 08.02.21 at 10:00



We have joined up with Family Information Service to deliver messages to our families about our improvement journey via the FIS+ Newsletter.

This newsletter is sent to families termly and will include updates about our journey and information on how to get involved.

Sign up to our free termly newsletter to receive information on services and matters that affect family life in York.

Model of Joint Partnership

The Model of Joint Partnership has been jointly produced with families and colleagues. The aim of the model is to outline how we at the City of York Council and Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group will work together with families in York. We aim to improve our individual joint partnership when developing plans for children, and also involve families and partners when developing strategic documents, improving services or developing a new service.

The audit framework will help us measure how well we are working with families. This will support us on our Special Educational Needs and Disability improvement journey.

- Model of Joint Partnership and Audit Framework

If you would like to get involved and help us make decisions, contact

Communicating Better with Families

Communication Strategy

We know that we need to communicate better with the families, children and young people we’re working with. In August, the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group and City of York Council have created a joint ‘communications strategy’ which sets out how we want to communicate with, who with and when.

Our communications in the future will include information about:

- updates and changes to Special Educational Needs Services in York

- updates regarding the Ofsted visit and the Written Statement of Action we have in place

- what we are doing to improve the outcomes for children and young people

- information about how parents and young people can be involved in our work.

We’ve also looked at how we can work better with families and young people to shape and improve our services.

Co-Production Training Sessions (Joint Partnership)

During the Council for Disabled Children's deep dive sessions, it was clear that colleagues at York Council and Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group needed to gain a better understanding around what co-production is, and how it can be used to benefit the work we do with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in York.

4 training sessions were ran throughout July and members of teams across the Local Authority attended.

"In practice, co-production involves people who use services being consulted, included and working together from the start  to the end of any project that affects them. When co-production works best, people who use services and carers are valued by organisations as equal partners, can share power and have influence over decisions made."

During the sessions it was clear that the term co-production was not recognised by staff or parents. Therefore, a survey went out and was completed by 34 parents and carers to choose the new name based on ideas collected from the sessions.

The new name for co-production in York is Joint Partnership.

A summary document of the findings from the sessions has been developed for families to read.

These sessions supported the development of the Model of Joint Partnership.

Council For Disabled Children - Deep Dive Sessions

The council for Disabled Children were requested to facilitate two deep dive sessions. One on joint commissioning and how services across the Local Authority work together, and the second regarding co-production, a way of working that involves parents and young people in decision making, both of which when done effectively will support positive outcomes for children and young people in York.

The Main objectives of the day was to bring together stakeholders from education, health and social care with parents and carers to come to a shared understanding of how co-production and joint-commissioning are currently being used in York. At this session we had parent representatives and their views were so important to help us understand the experience from a parent perspective.

The second session was held on the 17th July 2020. This session was aimed at drafting a strategic outcomes framework for York.

Written Statement of Action

As a result of the SEND inspection, a Written Statement of Action has been developed. This document outlines the changes that will be made, the outcomes we aim to see and the time frames in which these should be achieved. This document will be updated regularly.

- York's Written Statement of Action Official Document

SEND Inspection December 2019

Inspection of City of York Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from Monday 11 November 2019 to 15 November 2019. (This inspection was postponed due to the absence of Her Majesty's Inspector)

The inspection of city of York Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) was then reorganised and took place between the 9th December and 13th December 2019.

On this page are documents that have been released to the public as a part of this inspection.