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.

Health Outcomes for young People throughout Education (HOPE) Study at the University of Cambridge

The HOPE study aims to explore any differences in the extra support received by children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) across England.

HOPE are asking the following groups to share their experiences of SEND support in their local area.

  • Children and young people with SEND (aged 11 to 27)
  • Parents and Carers of children and young people with SEND
  • SEND professionals in or working closely with education/health/social care

The information from these surveys will be used to help improve SEND provision for children and young people in the future.

The surveys are open until 30 September 2022.

If you would like any further information about the Survey or the HOPE Study please email the team at hope21@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Complete the survey

SEND Peer Review of North Northants - 20 and 21 October 2022

North Northamptonshire Council and its partners, representing Northamptonshire Parent Carer Forum (NPFG), Northamptonshire Children’s Trust (NCT) and Northamptonshire Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) have invited colleagues from the regional Special Educational Needs And Disability (SEND) group to carry out a Peer Review of a specific aspect of SEND on 20 and 21 October 2022.

The SEND Peer Review is part of a national programme enabling key experienced multi-disciplinary partners, including parents, to work across Local Authorities (LAs) to provide an external focus lens on a specific area of SEND identified by the host area.

We want to hear from families who live in North Northamptonshire about the experiences they have had of working together with services and with their child's school / setting.

Tell us what has and hasn't worked well for you and your child.

Focus of the Peer Review

The impact of the work being undertaken to develop true partnership working and improve co-production at:

  • An individual level - (child and family)
  • An operational level - (services and schools / settings with children and families)
  • A strategic level - (collectively agreeing the issues and challenges and co-designing the next steps).

The Peer Review Team will provide an external challenge and support that will help clarify areas for improvement and will make suggestions based on effective practice across the region.

The Peer Review also gives an opportunity to bring services and partners together to reflect on and share strengths, challenges and gaps and to work together as a partnership to identify and agree solutions that will support the SEND improvement journey.

It will support delivery of the principles listed below and will form the foundations of North Northamptonshire’s SEND vision and strategy:

  • Co-production at the heart of strategic and operational practices
  • SEND - Everyone’s business
  • Making good practice common practice
  • Identifying right needs at the right time
  • Right support at the right time in the right place
Session ​Date ​Time

​Online event via Teams (pre-peer review)

please e-mail Nisha.pabari@northnorthants.gov.ukfor the Teams link to use

​18 October 20227:30pm to 8:30pm

​Haylock House
Kettering Parkway
Kettering
NN15 6EY

​20 October 2022​10:30am to 11:15am

Haylock House
Kettering Parkway
Kettering
NN15 6EY

​20 October 2022​1pm to 1:45pm

​Haylock House
Kettering Parkway
Kettering
NN15 6EY

​21 October 2022​10am to 11am

If you would like to get involved, please contact Nisha Pabari by emailing Nisha.pabari@northnorthants.gov.uk to let her know which session you would like to attend.

You can use this expression of interest form to indicate which session you would like to book onto. 

If you are unable to attend any of the events organised, you can still offer your thoughts by emailing Nisha.pabari@northnorthants.gov.uk or if you would rather have a conversation with someone, please contact Nisha Pabari and she will make arrangements for you. We have prepared a template of questions that may help you think about what you want to say. Please contact Nisha for a copy.

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