Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are committed to improving the experience and outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Thurrock. The CCG works jointly with Thurrock Council and the children and their families to deliver services that meet the needs of the local community.

Thurrock CCG aspires to:

Ensure that children and families are at the heart of an effective Special Educational Needs system

-          Ensure every child and young person is making good progress and attends a good place to learn

-          Ensure children and families are well supported

-          Ensure an effective and responsive approach to assessing and meeting children and families’ needs

-          Ensure the early identification of and early support for children with SEND

-          Ensure young people are well prepared for adulthood

Thurrock CCG have a Designated Clinical Officer for SEND who can be contacted via the CCG to support parents and their children in accessing appropriate health care services and working with partner agencies to ensure the child or young person has access to high quality education.

Please feel free to contact the Designated Clinical Officer on – 01375 365 810 to request advice and support.

Information, Advice and Support Services: animation

The Council for Disabled Children has produced a 5-minute animation that provides an introduction to SEND local Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS). IASS are a statutory function of local authorities and provide support to children and young people with SEND, and parents, about matters relating to SEND. We hope you find it useful and informative, and that it is a communication tool.

Parent Advisory Team Thurrock (PATT) 

PATT SENDIASS provide free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to children and young people (up to 25 years) and their parents and carers, in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability. For details about the support they can provide you and your family, please see the below leaflets:

How PATT service can support you:  PATT information service leaflet

Support with Education, Health and Care Plan:  PATT Education, Health & Care Plan Support information leaflet

Support for SEND children and their family who are facing school exclusion:  PATT Exclusion Support Services information leaflet March 2021

Useful Links

A number of useful links regarding special needs and disability (SEND)

Some children or young people have learning difficulties and/or a disability which requires health and education support. Children with SEND receive extra care and support from health and care organisations to meet their needs.

Below are some with useful advice for children and young people as well as their parents, guardians and family members:

Local offer
Information on local services in Thurrock

Council for Disabled Children SEND support
A council made of over 200 voluntary and community organisations which work to create an inclusive society for children and young people with educational needs and/or a disability

SEND – easy read guide for parents
Guide explaining changes to special educational needs and disabilities system

Parents support groups and advice
SNAP is a charity based in Brentwood that offers help to families.

SEND Code of Practice (2015)
Guidance for professionals on the special educational needs and disability system in England

Learning disability information website
Learning Disability Matters - A website with useful information for parents and carers of children and young people with a learning disability or who have concerns that their child might have a learning disability. Please note this website is from the North East and Cumbria and some of the information and services may not be applicable to Thurrock.