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Co-Production and SEND Strategic Developments

Co-production brings together service users and professionals to review and shape future provision, providing the opportunity to make decisions together and develop relationships.  The Children and Families Act 2014 requires local authorities to involve children and young people with disabilities and their families in discussions and decisions relating to their care and education, as well as in the design and review of services. 

The Co-production Charter was commissioned by the Nottinghamshire  SEND Accountability Board, and has been developed to enhance co-production and engagement activities with service users across the Local Area. 

The Co-production Charter has been co-produced with children, young people and parents, carers to ensure values that are important to them are included. 

The effective implementation of the Charter will lead to:    

  • Improved engagement with service users
  • Improved services which are better designed to meet the needs of service users 
  • Improved outcomes for children, young people with disabilities and their families in Nottinghamshire.

The Co-production Charter Toolkit has been developed  to support services to develop their co-production practices. 

The SEND Accountability Board will be responsible for the monitoring of the Co-production Charter’s roll out and implementation.

Working Together Agreement

Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to providing the best possible service based upon the values of the Co-production Charter.

The Working Together Agreement  outlines what service users can expect from staff working for the Integrated Children's Disability Service (ICDS) and what we ask of you. These standards are based upon Nottinghamshire County Council's Customer Service Standards.


SEND Accountability Board/Strategic Developments

The SEND Accountability Board was established in January 2017 following the joint Care Quality Commission and Ofsted Local Area Inspection in June 2016. Read about about the main findings of the inspection, including areas of strength and areas for further improvement or by clicking on the icon below:












The purpose of the SEND Accountability Board is to lead and co-ordinate the continuous improvement of Nottinghamshire’s implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice. Read the terms of reference for the group, which includes its vision and purpose or by clicking on the icon below:

Nottinghamshire Local Area Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Accountablitity Board Terms of Reference








The SEND Accountability Board’s vision for the local area is for children and young people with SEND to be safe and happy, to have a good quality of life and opportunities to achieve their aspirations, to develop their independence and make a positive contribution to society.

The partnership is committed to the co-production of services with families and listening to the voices of children and young people.

The Board has a number of responsibilities including:

  1. To facilitate partnership and multi-agency leadership of SEND in the local area.
  2. To develop and monitor the delivery of the multi-agency local area SEND Strategic Action Plan (SSAP).
  3. To monitor the local area’s continuous improvement approach to the implementation of the SEND reforms.
  4. To consider and approve the actions required to progress ‘areas for development’ as identified by the Joint Care Quality Commission and Ofsted Inspection in June 2016.
  5. To ensure the recommendations of the 2015/16 Nottinghamshire SEND Review and the Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People with Disabilities Programme are implemented in full.
  6. To approve the annual update of the SEND Local Area Self Evaluation document, to ensure that an accurate picture of performance and progress is maintained.
  7. To ensure that the views of children and young people and their parents/carers inform the work of the Board and its action plan.
  8. To inform the focus of future triennial statutory review of SEND arrangements.
  9. To ensure agreed actions are aligned to the key responsibilities of all statutory partners and their duty to co-operate as outlined in Section 28 of the Children and Families Act 2014.  
  10. To support, monitor and approve the work of the SEND Strategic Development Lead.


Multi-Agency Local Area SEND Strategic Action Plan

During 2015-2016, three significant reviews of SEND services in Nottinghamshire took place resulting in a number of recommendations for the development of services in the local area which are listed in Appendix A of the SEND Strategic Action Plan, which can be viewed by clicking on the icon below. These reviews were:

  • The Care Quality Commission and Ofsted Joint local area SEND inspection
  • The Nottinghamshire Review of Arrangements for Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • The Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People with Disabilities Programme

The reviews identified a number of common areas for development, and the County Council’s Children’s and Young People Committee agreed to develop a multi-agency SEND Strategic Action Plan (SSAP), to be monitored by a SEND Accountability Board.

The areas for development in the SSAP are grouped into four initial work streams:

  1. Plans & Pathways
  2. Health
  3. Education Provision (which has two strands: sufficiency & quality)
  4. Preparing for Adulthood

Read the SEND Strategic Action Plan or by clicking on the icon below:

Nottinghamshire Special Educational Needs & or Disabilities Strategic Action Plan

Minutes of meetings

You can read the minutes of meetings by accessing the Local Offer page containing the minutes.

Glossary of Terms

Read the Glossary of Terms document or by clicking on the icon below: 

Glossary of terms

Local Offer Development Group

The Local Offer has been always been part of the wider Notts Help Yourself working group. However, it was felt that a more specific Local Offer development group was needed with the main purpose to set out the ambitions and priorities for Nottinghamshire’s Local Offer and any subsequent development work. This would also align the development of the Local Offer with Council strategic priorities and statutory requirements. The Local Offer Development Group was therefore formed with the inaugural meeting being held on July 1st 2019.

The membership of the group consists of relevant professionals from different service areas and representatives from the Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum (Notts PCF). There will be representation from education, health and social care to ensure that collective responsibility and decision making can be taken in terms of priorities and development work.

You can read the Terms of Reference document, which outlines the specific purpose, objectives and responsibilities for the group or by clicking on the icon below:

Local Offer development group terms of reference

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