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.

Residential Short Breaks service contract

The following statement has been shared by Cathi Hadley, the Director of Children Services and Clive Heaphy, the Interim Chief Executive of the Children's Trust on 13 November 2020.

"To the children, young people and families who use the Residential Short Breaks service.

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) have been delivering the Residential Short Breaks service on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NCCG) for a number of years now. Together, we have successfully supported you and hundreds of other children, young people and families with a much needed lifeline.

We hope you will agree that the passion and commitment demonstrated during this time by our Residential Short Breaks colleagues has been outstanding: not only throughout the contract, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when you needed their support more than ever.

The reason we are writing to you today is to inform you that the NHFT Residential Short Breaks contract with NCC (and now Northamptonshire Children’s Trust) and NCCG will end on 31st March 2021. NHFT have made the difficult decision not to tender for the new contract and however disappointing this news is, we respect their reasons for it.
We understand that this news may concern and worry you about the future of the service, however, we can assure you that the continuity of the Residential Short Breaks provision remains a key priority for both commissioning organisations. The funding for this service will remain at the same level and we are already working to source a suitable provider that will ensure its continuity.

As we are currently going through the tender process for our new provider, we are unable to inform you of who this will be at present. However, we will keep you informed and would like to reassure you that we know how valuable the Residential Short Breaks service is for you and that there will be a service going forward. There will also be a period of transition, prior to 1st April, once the new provider is confirmed to ensure a smooth handover.
We also know how much you rely on the strong relationships you have built with the team. We have reassured them, and would now like to reassure you, that the continuity of this service is our key priority. We will also ensure you and your family continue to receive the same standard of support during this time.

Once again, we fully recognise the potential concerns and worries you may have about the transition and that this will be an unsettling time for you. Please be assured that we will continue working closely with NHFT, NCCG and the incoming provider to ensure that you, and our Residential Short Breaks colleagues, receive regular and timely updates throughout the transition.

In order to start fully supporting you, please feel free to email us with any questions or queries you may have using or We will then use these to produce frequently asked questions (FAQs) that will be shared and updated regularly throughout the transition period. We will also be in touch in the new year to seek your views."

We hope the below FAQs are able to answer any questions you may have after the announcement on Friday 13 November. If you have any other questions, please let us know via email to:  and any further questions you may have will be included.

The Local Offer website will be updated as soon as we are advised of the details of the new contract.

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 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