The number of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has risen dramatically in London over the past 5 years and this is putting pressure on services to support children and young people with SEND, such as transport services.
In 2018/19 SEN transport services reported a collective overspend across 30 London boroughs of £21m.
In order to better understand how boroughs can improve SEN transport services and generate savings, London Councils undertook both quantitative and qualitative research. A total of 10 boroughs were involved in the qualitative research, representing a range of different areas of London. The interviews helped to identify successful initiatives and further opportunities for boroughs to work collaboratively to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND and reduce spend in SEN transport across London. London Councils will be exploring these opportunities further with the boroughs as part of the next steps in taking this work forward.
A summary of the research is available here.
The full findings and guide for practitioners can be read here.