Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The SEND Priority Workstream is led by Elaine Allegretti (DCS Barking and Dagenham), and supported by the SEND Steering Group and SEND Strategic Managers and Parent Carer Network.

What we are seeking to achieve:


  • Reset the tone of the SEND agenda: While we recognise the financial pressures facing SEND services, our core aim is to support families, young people, and services to work together productively to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.
  • Champion best practice and collaboration to improve outcomes for children and efficiency for services: We will seek out best practice to improve outcomes for children and young people, strengthen the offer and equity of access, raise aspirations and enhance efficiency. We recognise that children, young people and families live within communities that cut across local authority boundaries and pursue opportunities for better collaboration across commissioning, delivery, inclusiveness and quality.
  • Respond regionally to the changing landscape: We ensure that London is coordinated and attune to the changing needs of the SEND landscape – including post-Covid assurance, regulatory and statutory changes and transformation of health commissioning and delivery arrangements with STP and Integrated Care developments.


Key principles underpinning our delivery:



For more information on LIIA’s SEND workstream, read our 2022 - 2025 SEND Plan here.

Please contact Frank Offer to discuss the programme further.


SEND Learning and Development Events

We are committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND over the next three years, as outlined in the SEND plan. To this end, we will be holding further events for SEND professionals across London.

Please look out for communications from the LIIA team to ensure your borough is represented and taking full advantage of the programme!

Recent SEND Events

Preparation for Adulthood Peer Review 4/7/22

LIIA held a Peer Review event for 6 London Boroughs on the 4th July on the topic of Preparation for Adulthood, specifically looking at Employment Pathways for young people with SEND. We were lucky to be supported in this by Linda Jordan (NDTi) and Jane Humpherys (LGA). You can read a report on the Peer Review event here. We plan to hold a second Peer Review event on Preparation for Adulthood for LAs who haven't yet taken part in the Autumn term.

London SEND Summit 2022

The London SEND Summit 2022 took place on the 10th June.You can find out more about the SEND Summit here, as well as watch a recording of the presentations.

Pan-London SEND Conference 2021

Our Pan-London SEND Conference was held in October 2021. We closed the event with a wonderful video from Trinity School celebrating London's SEND children. Click the below image to watch.


SEND Programme oversight

The programme oversight is designed to provide clear oversight and greater integration of pan-London programmes to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND. We have developed more integrated governance arrangements, aligned with DfE regional support as set out below.