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The Local Offer


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The Local Offer

All local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to have available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Please see this link for info about Northumberland's Local Offer.

The following e-mail address is set up as a contact for matters regarding the Local Offer - thelocaloffer@northumberland.gov.uk.

In setting out what ‘they expect to be available’ local authorities should include provision which they believe will actually be available. The Local Offer has two key purposes:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the available provision and how to access it, and

  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEN, parents and carers, and service providers in its development and review.
  • The local offer should be:

  • Collaborative: local authorities must involve parents, children and young people in developing and reviewing the local offer. They must also cooperate with those providing services.

  • Accessible: the published offer should be easy to understand, factual and jargon free. It should be well sign-posted and publicised.

  • Comprehensive: parents and young people should know what support is available across education, health and social care from 0 – 25 years and how to access it. The local offer must include eligibility criteria where relevant and make clear where to go for information, advice and support, as well as how to make complaints about provision or appeal against decisions.

  • Transparent: the local offer must be clear about how decisions are made and who is accountable and responsible for them.

  • SEN Reforms Northumberland County Council Transitional Plan has been published.

    Click here for a copy of the Plan in Word document format

    SEN Reforms KIDS launches free information to support everyone affected by the new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms.

    Click here to find out more info

    There is also info about the SEN reforms in the latest Challenge newsletter. Click here to download as a PDF.

    SEN Reforms Click the link to download info re what parent carers need to know and what they need to do

    SEN Reforms

    There is also info about the SEN reforms in the latest Challenge newsletter. Click here to download as a PDF.

    SEN data available from National Network of Parent Carer Forums can be found here

    SEN data available from In Control can be found here

    Support for parents on the new SEN and disability system - info from the Council for Disabled Childred here

    Dyslexia Matters

    Presentation about the CYPS - see link here

    Staff list

    Presentation showing the Children's Services Structure Charts - see link here



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