We are ambitious for all children and young people in Lewisham: we want them all to thrive and achieve to the best of their ability. That is why our children and young people plan 2019–2022 says that, ‘Together, with families, we will improve the lives and life chances of children and young people, so that they can lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives’. For that to happen for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), we know that we need to make sure that, ‘Lewisham is an inclusive community that is welcoming of all and has the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of children and young people (0–25 years) with SEND, to enable them to play, learn, work and champion their aspirations.

For that aim to be reality, we need to achieve three key priorities:

1. Children and young people with SEND (0–25 years) and their families having access to good universal services and support, to help children and young people and parents/ carers to be more resilient and independent within their local communities.

2. Where they are at risk of, or already experiencing difficulty with health, learning and social care, they get early help through targeted services and support, to meet their identified needs and prevent their needs from escalating and enable them to achieve their full potential.

3. Those who have high levels of complex needs who have been assessed by professional(s) as requiring specialist services and support across health, social care and education, receive the right support at the right time by the most appropriate person and/ or service, so they can become as independent as possible.

To make these things happen, we need to recognise that ‘It’s everyone’s business to be inclusive’, to truly make a difference to our children and young people with SEND we need a whole-community approach. Accordingly, I am delighted to present Lewisham’s second local area partnership SEND strategy (0–25 years). The partnership includes the local council, health services, schools, colleges, early years settings and the voluntary and community sector. Together, the partnership provides a range of services, support and provision to approximately 6,600 children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities across the London Borough of Lewisham. The strategy sets out our partnership commitments across education, health and social care over the next three years.

SEND Strategy Summary 2020-2023
SEND Service Structure
Joint Local Area SEND Inspection Report 2017