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Local Offer SEN and Disability
The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what specialist, targeted and universal services are available in their area and how to access them. This is not restricted to special educational needs and disabilities, but should include wider provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care and should be developed in conjunction with children and young people, parents and carers, and local services, including schools, colleges, health and social care agencies.
The Local Offer is set out in Section 30 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and in the Local Offer Regulations. DfE has not prescribed basic minimum requirements for what must be offered; instead the regulations stipulate that the LA must publish information on its website about what it expects to be on offer.
The Regulations say that the LA must seek comments on the contents of the local offer "including the quality of the provision that is included and any provision that is not included". The LA must also publish the comments on its website "at least annually". However, the LA is not required to publish comments which it considers to be vexatious or relate to services provided to a particular individual.
For a quick and very readable summary of the main drawback of the local offer click here
Local Offers A to Z England 2014
Barnet FOI LO lead Principal Educational Psychologist Judith Gainsborough; Hannah Lethbridge Senior Educational Psychologist and Lead on the Education Health and Care Plan Working Group Judith.Gainsborough@barnet.gov.uk, email@example.com, SENreforms@Barnet.gov.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Barnet Local Offer
Barnsley FOI LO lead Janine Muller Service and Strategy Manager - Integrated Inclusion Services firstname.lastname@example.org Tracy Jubb, SEN Reforms Implementation Manager email@example.com; Jackie Griffin, Family Information and Involvement Officer firstname.lastname@example.org NEW AUGUST 30TH Barnsley Local Offer
Bexley Pathfinder with Bromley Bexley FOI LO lead Janine Wooster, Complex Needs Manager, Children's Social Care, Safeguarding and SEN Janine.email@example.com Bexley Parent Carer Forum Local Offer Information page Web project manager Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org NEW DECEMBER 15TH 2014 Bexley LO (OCTOBER 5TH 2014 Bexley Local Offer apology)
Bournemouth. Principal SEN Officer Sonia.email@example.com
Bradford FOI LO leads Jenni Leary SEN Planning and Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org and Cath Dew Service Manager Specialist Family Support email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Bradford Local Offer Information Bradford Local Offer Holding Page
Brighton and Hove Pathfinder part of SE7 Brighton and Hove FOI LO lead Hass Yilmaz Acting Head of SEN and Principal Educational Psychologist Hass.firstname.lastname@example.org Brighton and Hove Local Offer
Bromley Pathfinder with Bexley email@example.com Bromley FOI LO lead Jane Bailey Assistant Director, Education Jane.Bailey@bromley.gov.uk NEW AUGUST 30TH Bromley Local Offer
Cheshire West and Chester firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Helen Nuttall Principal SEN Support and Development NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Cheshire West and Chester Local Offer
Cornwall Pathfinder with Isles of Scilly Cornwall FOI Sandra Page, Operational Lead SEND Pathfinder firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Maber-Gill Business Support Manager email@example.com NEW AUGUST 29TH Cornwall Local Offer
Croydon FOI Working with Parents Forum, Lead for LO is Linda Wright, Head of Inclusion, Learning Access and SEN, supported by Trisha Holmes, SEN Reform Manager firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW AUGUST 29TH Croydon Local Offer
Devon Pathfinder Devon FOI LO leads Amber Burton for SEN Strategic Officer (Education), Jenny Connelly (Commissioner) Health and Social Care firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW AUGUST 30TH 2014 Devon Local Offer
Durham FOI Strategic Lead for SEN and Inclusion Jane Le Sage; SEN Development Officer Derek Sayer is leading on the Local Offer firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW AUGUST 30TH 2014 Durham Local Offer
Ealing FOI LO lead Holly Morgan-Smith Project Manager for SEND Reforms firstname.lastname@example.org LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Ghazala Sheikh/Debbie Grey email@example.com, DGrey@ealing.gov.uk NEW OCTOBER 2014 Ealing Local Offer
East Riding FOI LO lead Jane Gould Acting Service Manager: Specialist Services and Inclusive Education and Principal Educational Psychologist jane.gould@ eastriding.gov.uk East Riding Family Information Service Hub (FISH)
East Sussex Pathfinder part of SE7 East Sussex FOI LO lead Jenny Clench SEND Reform Implementation and Pathfinder Lead) firstname.lastname@example.org NEW AUGUST 30TH 2014 East Sussex Local Offer SE7 SEND Pathfinder Regional Lead email@example.com
Enfield FOI LO lead Janet Leach, Head of the Joint Service for Disabled Children and Sarah McLean, SEND Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Ahmad Ramjhun/Janet Leach firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW OCTOBER 2014 Enfield Local Offer Enfield Local Offer pdf
Harrow FOI LO lead Audrey Salmon, Senior Commissioner (tbc) firstname.lastname@example.org LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Roger Rickman email@example.com NEW AUGUST 31ST 2014 Harrow Local Offer
Havering FOI Havering’s production of a Local Offer is being led by Karen Fletcher-Wright, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY SERVICES LTD, but the overall SEN Lead is Mary Pattinson, who is Head of Learning and Achievement and Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms firstname.lastname@example.org NEW AUGUST 31ST 2014 Havering Local Offer
Hertfordshire Pathfinder Hertfordshire FOI LO lead Senior Commissioning Manager, Joint Children and Young People's Commissioning Service (unable to find name or email address, possibly Patricia Walker, LDD Strategy and Commissioning Manager at Services for Young People Hertfordshire email@example.com Hertfordshire Local Offer
Hillingdon FOI LO lead Jackie Wright - Head of SEN/Disability Service, LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Satwinder Saraan
Hounslow FOI LO lead Merle Abbott, Head of SEN and Disability firstname.lastname@example.org LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Merle Abbott/Sukhvir Jhamat email@example.com, Sukhvir.firstname.lastname@example.org Hounslow Local Offer
Hull FOI Sue Day, Assistant Head (Inclusion and Access) is ultimately leading on Green Paper Support and Aspiration. Helen Sail Head of Language Unit, Medical PRU, IPASS, Early Years SEN AND Anny Bibby, Principal Educational Psychologist leading specifically on Local Offer Susan.Day@hullcc.gov.uk, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org NEW AUGUST 31ST Hull Local Offer
Isles of Scilly Pathfinder with Cornwall Isles of Scilly FOI LO lead Joel Williams, Children's Centre and extended services manager email@example.com "We will add to the existing Cornwall Family Information Service site" NEW AUGUST 31ST 2014 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Offer
Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea FOI LO lead Alison Farmer Assistant Director for Special Educational Needs and Vulnerable Children firstname.lastname@example.org NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Kensington and Chelsea Local Offer
Kingston on Thames FOI LO leads (March 2014) Caroline Baxter Manager Integrated Service for Disabled Children and Young People email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Simon James email@example.com NEW AUGUST 2014 Kingston LO
Kirklees FOI LO lead Matthew Holland Head of Children's Trust Management and Development Children and Adults Commissioning and Safeguarding Assurance firstname.lastname@example.org ADDED MARCH 2015 Kirklees Local Offer
Knowsley NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Knowsley Local Offer
Lancashire FOI LO leads Brian Robinson Service Manager, IDSS and Alison Moore Joint SEND Reforms Development Manager email@example.com, Alison.Moore@lancashire.gov.uk NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Lancashire Local Offer
Leeds FOI LO lead Barbara Newton, Head of Complex Needs, has overall responsibility. The local offer work stream is being led by Val Waite, Principal Educational Psychologist and Best Practice Development lead firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW AUGUST 29TH Local Offer
NEW AUGUST 29TH Leicestershire Local Offer
Liverpool FOI LO lead Jan Abbie Service Manager for Commissioning and Inclusion Children and Young People's Service firstname.lastname@example.org ADDED MARCH 2015 Liverpool LO update Liverpool Local Offer (refreshed 2015)
Luton FOI LO Strategic Lead Harriet Martin, Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs Service Manager; Operational Lead Davina Stubbs Special Educational Needs Assessment Team Manager and Graham Read, Consultant. email@example.com, Davina.firstname.lastname@example.org Luton Local Offer
Middlesbrough FOI (joint working group Middlesbrough/Redcar and Cleveland) LO lead Paul Mitchell, Direct Services Manager Middlesbrough Parent Partnership Janet_Beckwith@middlesbrough.gov.uk ADDED MARCH 2015 Middlesbrough Local Offer
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Milton Keynes Local Offer
Northamptonshire Pathfinder with Leicester City Northamptonshire Local Offer
North East Lincolnshire FOI LO Lead Glenn Allgood (Consultant)
North Lincolnshire FOI LO lead is Darren Chaplin, Principal Officer Vulnerable Children and Young People email@example.com
North Somerset FOI LO lead Heather Brumby firstname.lastname@example.org
North Yorkshire Pathfinder North Yorkshire FOI LO lead Dave Chapman, Development Support Officer, Access and Inclusion, Children and Young People's Service email@example.com 2014 North Yorkshire Local Offer
Nottingham City FOI Irene Andrews and Alison Weaver are contacts for the LO firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Nottinghamshire Pathfinder Nottinghamshire LO FOI LO lead Simon Ray Senior Professional Practitioner Strategy, Planning and Commissioning firstname.lastname@example.org NEW AUGUST 29TH Nottinghamshire Local Offer
NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Peterborough Local Offer
Plymouth FOI LO lead Jo Siney, Integrated Services Disability Manager email@example.com
Poole FOI LO lead Nick Wharam Strategic Planning and Commissioning Manager for Children's Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Redbridge LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Paul McCarthy NEW AUGUST 29TH Redbridge Local Offer
Redcar Cleveland FOI LO lead Nicola Hall Families Information Service Manager email@example.com FOI Joint working group Middlesbrough/Redcar and Cleveland
Rotherham FOI Jayne Fitzgerald Rotherham Parent Carer Forum is leading the "Giving Parents Control" work stream supported by Claire Whiting Educational Psychologist firstname.lastname@example.org
Rutland FOI LO lead Vicky Todd Head of Inclusion email@example.com
Sefton FOI LO lead Mike McSorley firstname.lastname@example.org
Slough FOI LO lead Liz Scott Team Manager Assessment and Information Team (incorporating the Family Information and Parent Partnership Services) Early Help Service Liz.email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Slough Local Offer
Somerset FOI ("The target date is September 2014 in line with the implementation of the Act, but current consultation may result in the government extending the deadline to April 2015") NEW OCTOBER 2014 Somerset Local Offer
Southampton Pathfinder Southampton FOI LO lead Becky Davis SEND Operational Development Manager, Kevin Allan Commissioning Lead People Directorate Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Southampton Local Offer
Southwark FOI Jonathan Lillistone Head of Commissioning Children Families and Adults firstname.lastname@example.org LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Merril Haeusler email@example.com
St Helens FOI LO leads Janice Smith Additional Needs Manager and Karen Gillis Customer Relationship Manager firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 St Helens Local Offer
Stockport FOI LO lead Andy Simpkins Head of SEN and Inclusion Strategy Learning and Achievement Children and Young People’s Directorate firstname.lastname@example.org NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Stockport Local Offer
Stoke on Trent FOI LO lead Geoff Catterall Strategic Lead email@example.com
Sutton FOI LO leads John Barrow, Head of SEN, and Rosemary Brennan, LO Project Officer and Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Sutton Local Offer
Telford and Wrekin FOI LO lead Vivianne McKay Interim Service Delivery Manager (Children and Families and Transport) Vivianne.McKay2@telford.gov.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org NEW OCTOBER 2014 Telford and Wrekin Local Offer
Tower Hamlets FOI LO lead Anthony Walters, Transformation Manager, Education, Social Care and Wellbeing Directorate email@example.com LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms David Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org NEW OCTOBER 2014 Tower Hamlets Local Offer
Trafford Pathfinder NEW AUGUST 29TH Trafford Local Offer
Wakefield FOI (LO includes Family Information Service and Wesail, dedicated service to provide information and support for families. LO lead Anji Keegan, Head of SENSS SENSS@wakefield.gov.uk NEW OCTOBER 2014 Wakefield Local OfferWaltham Forest FOI Andrew Beckett, Interim Head of Inclusion is leading on the Local Offer email@example.com LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Rhianedd Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org Waltham Forest LO information page
Wandsworth FOI ("The requirement to publish a local offer will not be in place until September 2014 at earliest and consultation has taken place on transitional arrangements which may mean the full offer is not in place until April 2015") LA Strategic Lead for SEN Reforms Carol Payne email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 1ST 2014 Wandsworth Local Offer
West Sussex Pathfinder West Sussex FOI "Chris Lewis is leading on the Local Offer with support from Heather McIntosh from the Parent Partnership firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 1ST 2014 West Sussex Local Offer
Wolverhampton FOI Lucy Harris Parent Partnership Co-ordinator is LO Project Manager. Kathy Roper Joint Commissioning Team Manager is overseeing LO implementation firstname.lastname@example.org, Kathy.email@example.com NEW SEPTEMBER 2014 Wolverhampton Local Offer
Worcestershire FOI Early Help Hub and EduLink. SEN Reform Steering Group. LO lead Liz Holt: Interim Manager Learning and Achievement, Children's Services firstname.lastname@example.org NEW OCTOBER 2014 Worcestershire Local Offer
Pathfinder Regional Champions + Transition to Adult Services Contacts
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-send-pathfinder-programme-evaluation-pathfinder-champions published March 31st 2014
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-send-pathfinder-programme-evaluation published March 31st 2014 (LO self-reported progress pages 28-30)
Bromley and Bexley: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Janine.Wooster@bexley.gov.uk
Hertfordshire: Karen.Noble@hertfordshire.gov.uk http://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/what-we-do/regional-support/east-of-england
via Pathfinder Information 2013-14 See also SE7 Pathfinder Regional Steering Group Membership 2012
North East Regional Champions is Hartlepool. Zoe Westley leads on transition to adult services email@example.com Preparing for Adulthood North East Team Leads Linda Jordan and Ellen Atkinson firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
North West Regional Champion are Manchester, Wigan and Trafford. Julie Hicklin leads on transition to adult services firstname.lastname@example.org Preparing for Adulthood North West Team Lead Linda Jordan email@example.com
The Regional Champions for London are Bromley and Bexley Debi Christie leads on transition to adult services firstname.lastname@example.org Preparing for Adulthood London Team Lead Kate Jackson kate.jackson@NDTi.org.uk
Lord Low July 2014: On Report, the Minister announced the Government had asked Ofsted to review the need for an inspection framework to drive improvements in local SEN provision and the local offer. The Minister indicated that Ofsted would publish its findings in summer 2014 but to date we have heard very little about Ofsted’s progress.
Minister July 2014: Ofsted is now completing its survey of how local areas are working on the reforms and will make recommendations soon about the possible role of inspection in monitoring and accountability. I will...ensure quickly that I check precisely where Ofsted is. If Ofsted is not where we think it might be, we might give it a bit of a chaser. More
If your LA is a Pathfinder (marked below), you should be able to find more information as Pathfinders have been given money by the Government to promote engagement with families since 2012. More on Pathfinder funding
You can give your views by contacting the Local Offer lead directly or by completing an online survey or emailing a "SENREFORMS" type of email address. For some ideas of what to say, please see the email I sent to my Parent Carer Forum April 9th 2014
Remember the Local Offer is not restricted to special educational needs and disabilities, but should include wider provision across education, health and social care from birth to 25.
In many areas, the Local Offer is building on the existing Family Information Services Directory, so it is worth contacting this service as well.
You should also be able to give feedback via your local Parent Partnership and Parent Carer Forum. Where possible I have provided the relevant contact details below.
Some areas have set up Local Offer Working Groups/Task Groups/Steering Groups and you should be able to find minutes of meetings online. You can also ask for an agenda item to be added if you feel an area has been ignored or neglected.
You can also get in touch with the LA Strategic Lead for wider SEN reforms
Pathfinder Regional Champions Mott MacDonald website (Wiltshire and SE7 focus on engagement with families) + Council for Disabled Children Pathfinder Champions web page
Mott MacDonald LO Progress Report from Pathfinders (55 page pdf Part 2 – Pathfinders engaging stakeholders in the development of the local offer + links, pages 11-47, last updated December 2013)
Changes to SEN law will be introduced between 2014 and 2018.
Survey Parent Carer Forums published April 10th 2014, via Contact-a-Family Many parent carer forums don't think their local area will be ready to implement the SEND Reforms by September 2014. Special Educational Needs: preparing for the future – LGO report (PDF document) (April 2014)
Non-pathfinder areas implementing less than a third of the nine main elements of the reforms Summary DfE research SEN reform readiness
On September 1st 2014 lawyer Steve Broach argued that all local authorities should have a Local Offer published no later than September 1st 2014.
However, in April 2014 the Minister's letter said "from [my emphasis] 1 September 2014 local authorities will be required to consult with families and providers of services and publish a local offer"
Then on June 11th 2014 DfE said that "the Local Offer should be introduced progressively from September 2014" implying that it did not have to be up and running by September. See Government response page 53.
In early 2015 a case went to Judicial Review which in some quarters was hailed as proof that local offers needed xyz in order not to be 'unlawful', but in my view the lack of sanctions for ineffectual LOs continues to be a bar to further progress, despite the limited victory in the Warwickshire case. More The Judgement