SEND Data Bulletins

In response to the lack of robust data available on children and young people with SEND for local services across the country, the Council for Disabled Children has published a series of SEND Data Bulletins designed to share learning and improve data on disabled children and young people.

Through the Council for Disabled Children's extensive work with local authority areas, health and social care agencies across the country, it is clear that the lack of robust data on children and young people with SEND presents a major obstacle for local services to plan effectively, identify gaps in their provision and track how children, young people and families in their area are faring. Moreover, poor data has been highlighted time and again in SEND local area inspections by Ofsted and CQC, as a key factor undermining joint strategic planning and commissioning to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

The CDC Data Bulletins aim to share learning and encourage greater progress on improving data on disabled children and young people. Our intention is for these Bulletins to interest commissioners, policy-makers, and other professionals who are involved in planning and delivering services for disabled children and their families.

You can download the first and second Data Bulletins below:

Data Bulletin 1 (July 2019)

What does it cover?
  • Introduction to the data challenge
  • CDC's 0-25 Multi-agency SEND Data Dashboard
  • Improvements in health data: Community Services Data Set and paediatric disability data
  • Case Study: Data-linking in Middlesbrough
  • Other recent data bulletins on children and young people with SEND

Data Bulletin 2 (July 2020)

What does it cover?
  • Introduction: why think about SEND in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Improving data on children with SEND in Bradford: data linkage and an integrated outcomes framework
  • Making SEND everybody's business: using the 0-25 SEND integrated data dashboard in Plymouth
  • 'Make Every Child Count': New data on the prevalence of children and young people with life-limiting conditions in the UK
  • Data round-up: recently published 

Data Bulletin 3 (Feb 2021)

What does it cover?
  • Why develop a SEND integrated outcomes framework?
  • What works? Insights from local areas, making it work in practice
  • Case study: Bradford’s SEND data dashboard and integrated outcomes framework
  • Case study: Middlesbrough’s integrated outcomes framework
  • Further reading: Useful resources from CDC to support an outcomes-based approach