Creating sustainable high needs systems

Information on how local authorities can manage their high needs systems and associated spending in a sustainable way.

Applies to England



How local authorities in England can manage their high needs spending in an effective and sustainable way.

It includes:

  • commentary, with introduction from Tony McArdle, Chair of the SEND System Leadership Board and former CEO of Lincolnshire County Council, sharing learning from the ‘safety valve’ intervention programme
  • suggestions for local authorities on ways in which they could go about reaching sustainability with their high needs systems, including a series of questions for local authorities to consider, which they can tailor to their own circumstances
  • case studies from local authorities highlighting examples of work to manage high needs systems sustainably
Published 19 July 2021
Last updated 24 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added 'March 2022 update' to the 'Sustainable high needs systems: learning from the ‘safety valve’ intervention programme' document.

  2. First published.