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The Local Offer is published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014. Within the Children and Families Act 2014, Part 3, there is a duty on all local authorities to publish details of services and provisions in the area available to support families with a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) and/ or a disability. The Local Offer is intended to be more than just a website or services directory - it must be "co-produced" with local families so it reflects the issues that are important to them, and the information must be accurate, consistent and easy to access.
The basic reason for having a Local Offer is to address the concerns expressed by many families and some professionals working with children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities about how difficult they find it is to get the information they need about support and provision available. The Lamb Inquiry in 2009 identified this as an issue and recommended that better information about services, and quality guidance, advice and support should be readily available for families.
The Local Offer will cover education - schools, childcare, children's centres and early years' settings as well as colleges. In addition, relevant information will be provided on health and social care services, including opportunities for leisure/sport, housing and transport. It covers the full age range, 0-25 years.
We have been working with families to better understand what information you need and how to give it to you as easily as possible. The key themes which are emerging are:
Taking on board feedback received so far and to make it easy to use, North Lincolnshire's Local Offer website has been grouped by the following age phases:
Within each of these age phases, further information is grouped under the following headings:
We are also in the process of collating useful information from our Local Offer website and providing it in other useful formats for stakeholders who cannot access the website readily. Further details will be provided shortly.
Our Local Offer is for:
The information we provide covers schools, colleges, care and health services. Schools will provide their own Local Offer, and give more detailed information on the way they support pupils with SEN. This information is provided on the relevant pages for each school as part of this Local Offer website, including direct links to their SEN Information Report on their school website.
The Local Offer will:
The new SEN Code of Practice (click here) - published in July 2014 includes detailed information (Chapter 4 'The Local Offer') as well as The Special Educational Needs Local Offer Regulations Clause 30 (Click here for pdf) - These set out what must be included in the Local Offer, and explain how the Local Offer is to be published, who needs to be involved in developing it, and how it will be reviewed and services improved.
This film talks about the Local Offer which is part of the new SEND law that came in on 1st September 2014.
Thank you to the Council for Disabled Children© and the Department for Education© for permission to use these videos.
We have been consulting with a wide range of stakeholders to prepare our Local Offer. We envisage the Local Offer evolving and changing over the forthcoming year to meet the needs of our local communities.
To ensure that North Lincolnshire's Local Offer meets the needs of children, young people, their families and organisations with an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability, we want to hear what you think about the Local Offer.
Tell us how easy you think it is to use and if you have any comments on the content of the information within by completing our Local Offer survey. The information you provide us with will help us to develop and improve the Local Offer for you in the future.
Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete the Local Offer Survey. We will look at the constructive comments that people make and consider how the website could be improved and developed to take account of your views. As we get feedback from users we will be publishing the findings of the survey on a regular basis and outline what we have done as a result.
Alternatively you may wish to forward your suggestions or comments directly. If so, please contact us on special.needssection@
Please also note that there will be further consultation sessions to get your views over the forthcoming year, details of which will be shared on the consultation page of this Local Offer website. Individual services, schools and educational providers will also be consulting with stakeholders to make sure the contents included in their sections of the Local Offer are relevant and of practical use to stakeholders.
You can use this form to register any query or complaint you may have about this website or any of the content within it. Simply fill in the details below and this will be sent directly to us to investigate. We will always try and respond within one working day.
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