Special Educational Needs provision in Hampshire
When the Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014 local authorities were required to publish and review information about services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25yrs. This is the local offer. Click on the link below to take you to Hampshire County Council’s Local Offer page: https://fish.hants.gov.uk/kb5/hampshire/directory/localoffer.page
The intention of the local offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It is also an important resource for professionals as it will inform the joint commissioning for children and young people with SEND by setting out in a single place what is available locally.
The local authority has to work together with children and young people, parent carers and with local services, including the voluntary and community sector, to develop their offer and keep it under review.
The Local Offer has to include information about the provision the local authorities have available in its own area for children and young people with SEND and outside of its area for the children and young people for whom it is responsible.
The Local Offer includes:
- special educational provision
- health provision
- social care provision
- other educational provision
- training provision
- arrangements for children and young people to travel to schools, colleges and early years education
Local authorities have to include:
- information on how to seek an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan
- information on how to make a complaint about provision in the local offer
Every school, including Nursling Primary School, is required by law to contribute to this local offer by publishing their own provision for children with special educational needs or disabilities in the form of a special educational needs information report.