Ten boroughs are currently working in partnership to develop innovative approaches to commissioning high quality placements for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in the independent and non-maintained school sector.

Established in 2013 with 4 South London boroughs, by 2014 the project expanded to become the largest SEND sub-regional partnership in the UK, comprising Croydon, Merton, Bromley, Bexley, Sutton, Wandsworth, Lewisham, and the Royal Boroughs of Greenwich, Kingston and Richmond. The partner boroughs agreed to procure a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), the ‘adam’ IT platform, to standardise the process across the boroughs for commissioning new placements.

Through strategic collaboration, resource sharing and the joint commissioning of quality services, our aim is to ensure better outcomes for children with SEND.

The partnership will achieve this by:

·        Combining spending power, allowing for economies of scale in managing budget pressures in a large and varied market;

·        Data analysis and jointly considering sufficiency within the SEND sector;

·        Working with providers to understand their provision and managing the market to be adaptable and flexible to meet new and emerging need. 

In recognition of our pioneering work, the SLCP has been awarded with the National Government Opportunities Procurement Award for ‘Innovation of the Year’ and the coveted LGC Award for efficiency.