The voice of Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities and SEN aged 0-25 in the London Borough of Hillingdon
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From 1 September 2014 the Children and Families Act requires all local authorities to publish and maintain a ‘local offer’. A local offer is a wide range of information about all the support and facilities which families can expect to find in their area for children and young people who have special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
•The local offer should not just be a list of services. It should give a broad range of information about the support that the local authority expects to be available across education, health and social care. The information should be clear and easy to find.
•The local offer is not just about what is within that local authority. It must also include services outside the local authority area which children and young people might use. For example, a specialist hospital in another area or a school or college in another local authority.
•The local offer must be reviewed regularly to make sure it is up to date and still meets the needs of families in the area. The local authority should involve families in this process. •The local authority must make public what children, young people and parents tell them about their local offer and say clearly what they will do about the comments they receive.
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•Information about all the types of education available for children and young people. It must include early years settings, mainstream and special schools, approved independent schools, pupil referral units, post-16 settings, alternative education.
•How parents and young people can ask for an assessment for an Education, Health and Care plan, and how the assessment is carried out (see factsheets on Education, Health and Care needs assessments and Education, Health and Care plans).
•Education and training options for young people leaving school. Should include further education, apprenticeships, supported employment, and information about support to help young people prepare for adulthood and higher education.
The Local Offer has two key purposes: To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it, and To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review.
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