Who we are 

The South East Region SEND network (self-named 'SE19' after our membership) is set up to support service development and provision for children and young people in line with the 2014 Children and Families Act.

We include all stakeholders: education, health, social care, parent carers and young people.

We operate through peer support as well as running regional events, workshops and training on topics which are identified throughour regional Steering Group, members of the network and national bodies. 

Governance is through the SE19 SEND Network Steering Group, chaired by Kevin McDaniel (DCS RB Windsor & Maidenhead). Membership is made up of representatives from Local Authority SEND Leads together with representation from National Network of Parent Carer Forums, Designated Clinical Officer and Principal Education Psychologist representation, with input from DfE SEND Advisers and NHS England (South East).

Downloadable SE19 SEND Network Structure April 2022


Check out below for latest SEND news.

The SEND SE19 Network links closely with the SESLIP AD Education Network. To view the latest news and updates from the SESLIP AD Education Network, please see here



The Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper sets out its vision for a single, national SEND and alternative provision (AP) system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support given to children across education, health and social care. You can access a copy of the Green Paper on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/send-review-right-support-right-place-right-time

Alongside the Green paper, they have also published:

The South East Green Paper Briefing 11 May 2022 can also be found here

DfE Improvement and Operations Division (SIOD). This is the DfE division that provides support and challenge to local authorities in their SEND responsibilities. 

A table identifying local authority case leads is available here.

Regional SEND Advisors  

Since April 1st 2022 there are two SEND Advisors in the region. Liz Flaherty and Mark McCurrie will provide a link between region, individual local authorities and DfE. A table showing allocated LAs and advisors is attached here.

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspect local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. 

Read more about these inspections in the inspection framework and handbook. There is also information about these inspections for families

SEND SE19 events & workstreams

Events 2022-2023. We are continuing to can use an MS Team platform for current events and meetings. We will keep this under review as the year progresses.

Meetings and working groups

Please click here for a chart showing the full range of SE19 working groups.

Upcoming SEND conversations

Please see below for dates.

Notes of previous SEND conversations

SE19 SEND Conversations 22 March 2022 Notes

SE19 SEND Conversations 15 February 22 Notes

SE19 SEND Conversations 25 January 2022

SE19 SEND Conversations 30 November 2021


Workstreams and links to web pages

These workstreams have dedicated  pages where you can find notes of previous meetings, dates of future meetings, documents for sharing and other relevant updates.

SE19 Post 16/Preparing for Adulthood Working Group: A network of the LA post-16 leads and education providers working together to improved outcomes for children 16-25, supported by National Development Team for Inclusion.

SE19 Operations Managers/Team Leaders: A peer support and effetive practice network for LA managers with responsibility for sSEND service delivery.

SE19 DCO/DMO Forum : A network of all Designated Clinical Officers and Designated Medical Officers, supported by NHS England SE Region SEND Programme Leads. 

Upcoming meetings and workshops 

  • SE19 SEND Network: Co-production Conference: Embedding Resilience in Strategic Co-production

    Date: 12 July 2022 10:00 - 13:00

  • SE19 SEND Joint Conversation: LAs, Health, DfE, NHSE/I & NNPCF

    MS Teams

    Date: 20 July 2022 12:00 - 13:30

  • SE19 SEND Strategic Conversation: LAs & DfE

    MS Teams

    Date: 14 September 2022 12:00 - 13:30

  • SE19 SEND Joint Conversation: LAs, Health, DfE, NHSE/I & NNPCF

    MS Teams

    Date: 12 October 2022 12:00 - 13:30

Contact Details

Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468
S.E. Region SEND Network Programme Co-ordinator: Sheelagh Sullivan
SE19 SEND Network Co-ordinator: Ellen Atkinson
SE19 SEND Network Co-ordinator: Lucy Butler
SE19 SEND Network Co-ordinator: Nick King