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Feedback and consultation

Feedback and consultation is a formal part of the Local Offer and users will be asked to contribute by using:

  • online surveys
  • paper questionnaires
  • verbal recordings

Documents and frequently asked questions can be made available in Easy Read format.

Short Breaks in Northamptonshire

Council for Disabled Children (CDC) will be delivering two co-production workshops with parent carers, practitioners, providers, community groups and commissioners. Your views are important on how the current services are meeting your needs, whether they can be improved and what they should look like in the future.

  • Monday, 6 September 2021, 12:30pm to 3:30pm at Oakley Vale, Community Centre, Corby
  • Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 12:30pm to 3:30pm at Fernie Fields, Northampton 

Please advise if you will need support for your child in order to attend the session.

To register your interest in attending the face to face workshop or the webinar please e-mail:

Education and Health Care Plan - co-production workshops

The North Northants Council EHC Service Manager would like to gather the views and experiences of parents whose sons and daughters have recently gone through, or who are going through the formal assessment process. 

Three sessions have been arranged in Kettering at the Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road. 

  • Saturday 25 September 2021 - 10.30am to 11:30am
  • Tuesday 28 September 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday 30 September 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Please book through Eventbrite

Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes

The Educational Pathways and Work Outcomes of Disabled Young People in England is a three year research project based at the University of Warwick, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. They aim is to explore the factors that lead to disability inequalities in educational and occupational attainment in England.

There is increasing awareness surrounding the social barriers that prevent disabled young people from fulfilling their potential. Yet, the vast majority of existing research relies on information provided by parents and teachers. Disabled young people are rarely given a voice in research. This is due to long-standing assumptions about the ability of young people to take part in research studies and discuss their conditions/disabilities.

They want to hear young people’s views about their experiences of disability and schooling, and their plans and aspirations for the future. They aim to interview 60 young people twice over the course of our study. The first wave of (online) interviews will take place April to August 2021, and the second wave approximately one year later.
The study focuses on students in mainstream schools. They are looking for Year 11 students with autism, dyslexia, and/or mobility impairments. While they would love to be able to include students with other conditions and learning difficulties in the study, the nature of the research means that they can only focus on these three groups for the time being.

The research team has substantial training and experience in interviewing young people with different conditions. All interviews will be tailored to the individual needs and preferences of participants and their families. For each completed interview, participants will receive a £20 Love-to-Shop voucher.

They are very excited about this research and the opportunity to shed light on a different perspective to that of typical accounts of disability and SEN in the media.

They very much hope to hear from you, and look forward to sharing the findings.

To to take part and/or discuss more, please get in touch with Dr Angharad Butler-Rees at

Shaping future support: the health and disability green paper.

The health and disability green paper explores how the welfare system can better meet the needs of disabled people and people with health conditions now and in the future, enabling people to live independently and move into work where possible. This green paper considers the options for addressing some of the short- to medium-term issues in health and disability benefits. It will also start a discussion about the opportunities for wider change to deliver on the objectives of the health and disability benefit system.

Information is available on the governement website in alternative formats including BSL, Audio and Easy Read format.

This consultation closes on 11 October 2021

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

These draft recommendations cover the support that all disabled children and young people with complex needs should receive. It will be relevent for disabled children and young people up to 25 with severe complex needs: and covers an integrated service delivery and organisation across health, social care and education

NICE has written some guidance about how services should work for people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges and want to know what people think as part of a consultation. 

This consultation will close on 14 September 2021. 

Draft Guidance Consultation

North Northamptonshire Council current consultations

West Northamptonshire Council current consultations

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission SEND inspection

An inspection of Northamptonshire County Council's local areas effectiveness in the following areas took place from 15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017:

  • identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and / or disabilities
  • improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and / or disabilities
  • File Download - Full report from Ofsted and the CQC (PDF 144KB)Full report from Ofsted and the CQC (PDF 144KB)

They said that :


The local offer is easily accessible to stakeholders. It is comprehensive, informative and straightforward to navigate, and has an active social media profile."

20:20 Vision For SEND in Northamptonshire

The 20:20 Vision for SEND in Northamptonshire events in March 2017 gathered information to co-produce with children, young people and their parents, the priorities for improving outcomes for the future.

If you were unable to attend, you can still find out what was discussed. For more information see the 20:20 Vision page.

Viewpoint - a survey for young people

This is an opportunity for young people and children to comment on the Local Offer and tell us what they think.

Complete the viewpoint survey

Once you have completed a survey, you can choose an on-line game to play. Thank you for your feedback.

Parents and young people

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents can get involved with the Local Offer by:

  • using the Local Offer and giving us feedback on the results they receive, the way it works or highlighting gaps in information
  • taking part in consultations run by the Local Offer team to continue developing the Local Offer
  • being part of the Local Offer Governance Group


Professionals who support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can get involved with the Local Offer by:

  • registering their service or organisation to appear on the Local Offer
  • using the Local Offer search facility and giving feedback on the results they receive, the way it works or highlighting gaps in information
  • taking part in consultations run by the Local Offer team to continue developing the Local Offer

Local Offer team

A Local Offer team is employed as a direct result of the consultation with users. They expressed this as something they thought really important. The team consists of Kathy Forsdyke, Local Offer Manager, and Julia Smith, Local Offer development worker.

These are our one page profiles:

The team was presented with an award for our production of Easy Read documents by the County Council's group of young people who have SEND, Shooting Stars.

Local Offer Governance Group

The Local Offer Governance Group consists of representatives from our partners in Health, Social Care, Specialist Support Services, Transitions, the voluntary sector, Education (a leading SENCO), a parent from NPFG, The Shooting Stars participation worker, IASS and the Local Offer manager.

The Local Offer Governance Group meets each term, with the minutes below:

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Quality assurance

The information that is available on the Local Offer will be audited and checked annually. The Local Offer team ask for any faults or errors to be brought to their attention by all users.

If you have any recommendations about a service or provider that you have used, we now have the ability to show this on the Local Offer. Please get in touch.

How to contact the Local Offer team