Get involved with the Local Offer

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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.

Current surveys

The Northamptonshire Local Offer website review 2022

It's been eight years since the Northamptonshire Local Offer website was introduced as part of the 2014 special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) reforms. The disaggregation of Northamptonshire County Council means that the current website must be redesigned for the new unitary councils. So the Local Offer team need your help.

Ofsted and other local authorities have recognised that the current website is easily accessible, comprehensive, informative, and straightforward. The Local Offer team have worked hard over the last eight years to respond to local needs. However, we now have an opportunity to make the website even better. We want to retain the elements that work well and improve the elements that need development. The current Local Offer website will close when the new websites are ready, and everyone is happy with them.

Families and professionals have told us that the communication of information regarding SEND services and support could be improved across the local area. A communication working group has been set up to address this. The group has decided that a survey of the Local Offer website should be undertaken now (before any formal consultation takes place in relation to the disaggregation).

Please help the Local Offer team and the wider SEND community by:

If you'd like to help with testing when the new website/s is available, please email Localoffer.NCC@Northnorthants.gov.uk.

North Northamptonshire Council current consultations

West Northamptonshire Council current consultations

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.

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

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."

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

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