Get involved with 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.

National Strategy for Disabled People

The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021. To help the government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and what it may need to focus upon to improve the lives of disabled people, they need to hear about your views and know more about your experiences.

The survey will be open until 23 April 2021. Responses received before 13 February 2021 will inform the development of the National Strategy, while those received after this date used to inform its delivery.

Complete the survey

Easy Read version

Residential Short Breaks service contract

We are pleased to announce that we are now in a position to award the Residential Short Breaks contract to our current provider: Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT).

This is fantastic news, as it ensures continuity for children and their families; particularly those with added difficulties due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

NHFT have committed to continue working with us collaboratively to develop the service which will support our upcoming co-production workshops for all of our short breaks services.

The workshops will involve parents whose children access the services, providers, commissioners and staff in the Northamptonshire Children's Trust. The workshops will then aim to understand whether the services meet the needs of all stakeholders of the services.

Please look out for information about the workshops in March 2021.

Special school provision

A report was submitted to the Cabinet on Tuesday 14 May 2019 about specialist provision in Northamptonshire for those students who have an education, health and care plan.

A consultation survey was held until 14 July 2019.

New websites outline journey to unitary governance in Northamptonshire

Two new websites have been launched in September 2019 offering a reliable source of information about the move toward unitary governance in Northamptonshire.

Named ‘Future Northants North’ and ‘Future Northants West’ they carry the same core information while outlining the separate processes being followed in the north and west of the county.

Northamptonshire County Council current consultations

You can contribute to the current consultations being undertaken by the county council.

Have your say on 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

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