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Local Offer

Hertfordshire’s SEND Local Offer

As part of the reforms to how we deliver the special educational needs and disabilities service for children and young people in Hertfordshire, the County Council has a statutory duty, together with its partners, to develop and publish a ‘Local Offer’.

The code of practice describes the purpose of the Local Offer. It must:

  • Provide clear comprehensive accessible and up to date information about the available provision and how to access it, and
  • 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.

The success of the Local Offer depends not only on obtaining full engagement with users to influence the information provided, but also on the support and collaborative involvement of partners.

Schools play an important role in ensuring the Local Offer includes information on the services provided by their school and also in raising awareness of it to any relevant families.

To help you do this, we will be sending every school a small stock of leaflets explaining more about the Local Offer and would be pleased if you could kindly make these available to any parents/carers who may find the Local Offer helpful.

Please don’t hesitate to email localoffer@hertfordshire.gov.uk if you have any queries, would like to support this work in any way, or need further supplies of leaflets.

Hertfordshire are developing a ‘Local Offer’ to support families, young people and practitioners.

The purpose of the local offer is to:

  • Provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available for all children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 and their families (not just those who have an education, health and care plan.
  • Education, Health and Care Plan
  • Improve the services that are provided and make them more responsive to local needs and wishes.

The local offer will allow parents and young people to see what support and help is available for them and how to access it.  

How can you help us?

We have are developing our Local Offer in partnership with Hertfordshire parents and young people.

An early version of the local offer is available here.

Please send us your feedback on how it can be improved by using the feedback button or
Email: SENDPathfinder@hertfordshire.gov.uk

 

 

DfE Resources for Developing Whole School Practice

 

Engaging with Parent and Young People

The new SEND Code of Practice focuses on creating a family centred system. Some of the key principles highlighted in the code are:

  • Supporting children, young people and parents to participate in decisions about their support
  • Involving children, young people and parents in planning, commissioning and reviewing services
  • Greater choice and control for parents and young people over their support

Section 3.18 of the SEND Code of Practice says: ‘At a strategic level, partners must engage children and young people with SEN and disabilities and children’s parents in commissioning decisions, to give useful insights into how to improve services and outcomes.’

When we discuss the engagement and participation of parent carers and families and children/ young people with SEND, there are four very specific areas this includes. It is important that local areas embrace all of these, and not one at the exclusion of others:

1. Individual participation of parent carers and families of children/young people with SEND

Working with and enabling a meaningful participation of parent carers and families in relation to the assessment, planning and delivery of services for their own individual child and young person with special educational needs and disabilities.

2. Individual participation of children/ young people with SEND

Working in a person centred approach to enable children/ young people with special educational needs and disabilities to actively contribute in their own assessment, planning and service delivery.

3. Strategic participation of parent carers and families of children/young people with SEND

Ensuring parent carer participation in co-production of strategic planning, decision making and service evaluation is important.

4. Strategic participation of children/ young people with SEND

In some areas, there are representative groups of children/ young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are enabled to be involved in strategic decision making.

For more information about how to involve parents visit