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.


The direction of our SEND work is led by the ALDCS SEND Steering Group. We run regional and sub-regional events for colleagues across the SEND partnership, share best practice in SEND across the region, and work with the DfE to ensure that London Local Authorities have their views represented at a national level. LIIA are the recipient of the DfE RIIA grant, which goes to all regions in England to fund SEND improvement work.


Strategic Objectives

Reset the tone of the SEND agenda: Whilst we recognise that SEND sits within a very challenging financial context, our core aim is to work together to improve outcomes, whilst using resources responsibly and advocating for appropriate funding to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable children, young people and families within our communities and region. 

Hear and act on the voices and experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families: We will place the experiences of our children, young people and families at the heart of our work so it shapes and challenges our priorities, what good looks like and what we can do better. 

Best practice and collaboration to improve outcomes and efficiency: Seeking out best practice to improve outcomes for children and young people, strengthen the offer and equity of access, raise aspirations and enhance efficiency. Working together to support families to thrive in their communities and achieve best independence, and recognising that children, young people and families live within communities that cut across local authority boundaries and opportunities for better collaboration across commissioning, delivery, inclusiveness and quality. 

Responding regionally to the changing landscape: Making sure we are coordinated and attune to changing needs of the SEND landscape – including post Covid assurance, regulatory and statutory changes and transformation of health commissioning and delivery arrangements with Sustainable Transformation Plan and Integrated Care developments.

Latest Updates

For more information, you can read news and updates about our SEND projects here, including recent events and associated resources…


March 2023

Second London SEND Summit

March 2023

SEND and Finance Workshop

March 2023

Ofsted Workshop

December 2022

Second Preparation for Adulthood Forum

August 2022

Submitted London response to the SEND and AP Green Paper

July 2022

First Preparation for Adulthood Peer Review

June 2022

First London SEND Summit

Contact Details

Commissioning and SEND Lead: Frank Offer (LIIA)

Policy and Project Support Officer: Bethan Evans (LIIA)


The SEND Programme is led by the ALDCS SEND Steering Group. The steering group is chaired by Elaine Allegretti (DCS Barking and Dagenham) and reports to ALDCS and the LIIA Board. As a recipient of the DfE RIIA Grant, the SEND Programme also reports into the DfE.