This board meets quarterly but currently monthly extraordinary meetings due to the inspection of services review.

BCP Council and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are committed to working in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers and the relevant agencies to radically improve support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 

As the lead statutory bodies, BCP Council and NHS Dorset CCG take full accountability for delivering the SEND improvement plan, but parents, carers, children and young people will remain at the centre of the work as we implement changes. BCP Council and NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group are responsible for implementing the plans set out. However, children, young people, parents and carers have been – and will continue to be – at the centre of the transformation programme, which will identify how we can best deliver the services of the future.

BCP along with CAN, are working with children, young people, parents, carers, schools, health providers, education providers and the voluntary sector through the SEND Improvement Board (SIB). The SIB was set up in August 2020 to oversee the development and implementation of our improvement plans.

The SIB’s agreed approach is that:

  • We are committed to developing the written statement of action (WSoA) together
  • The WSoA must be family and young person led
  • Leaders and professionals will lead but not direct – the actions and outcomes that are needed will be co-created and co-produced with those who need them and use them.

Through partnerships, we have identified the key values that will underpin all our future work. These are trust, honesty, transparency, empathy, communication, belonging and respect.  BCP and CAN are committed to creating and embedding a culture that embodies these values, and we will be held to account on this in the future.

Get Involved

We are looking for a VCS Involvement Partner to sit on the networks and forums to feed up to the strategic boards. The VCS Involvement Partner will be fully supported by CAN and will have access to our support, expertise and advocacy – along with our extensive contacts, enabling easy dissemination of information and the use of CAN Networks, forums and Leaders exCHANGE ensuring they are well informed. To read more about our vision for community led VCS representation and find out about becoming a VCS Involvement Partner, follow the link below. 

VCS Involvement Partners