Services for Young Children

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 'Local Offer'

The Hampshire Local Offer website has been co-produced with parents, professionals and young people. You will find up to date information about services and support for children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs or disabilities.

The Children and Families Act 2014

As part of The Children and Families Act 2014, the Government issued a Green Paper, (a consultation document), which announced that they wanted to improve the special educational needs system. This is to provide better outcomes for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities and to improve the experience of parents/carers when securing support for their children.

As a result The Children and Families Bill was passed through Parliament and received royal assent in March 2014, and will be coming into force from September 2014.

Among the requirements placed on Local Authorities within the Bill, there are two clauses which relate to the provision of information:

  • Clause 30 – duty on local authorities to provide information of what services are available.
  • Clause 32 – information and advice for parents and young people.

What is the Local Offer?

From September 2014, every Local Authority will be required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND); and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This will be known as the ‘Local Offer’.

The Local Offer will put all the information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support groups in one place.

It has two main purposes:

  • to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available;
  • to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations.

The Government says that the Local Offer must be developed and reviewed in partnership with children and young people, parent carers and local services including early years settings, schools, colleges, health and social care agencies. This is called ‘co-production’.

People and services commissioned by the Local Authority to support children and young people with special educational needs should complete a Local Offer based on a set of questions which have been developed through co-production; within the framework and guidance produced by the South East Seven (SE7) Local Authorities Government Pathfinder.

 

Hampshire Local Offer

Local Offers are ‘published’ on the dedicated Hampshire Local Offer website.

Hampshire families and practitioners are able to access information on a range of education, health, adult and child social care services.

 

What should service providers do?

Early education and childcare providers should develop their own service Local Offers in order to help families to make informed choices for their children and young people.

There are three stages to follow.

Stage 1: Develop a draft Local Offer

Under the section on the right hand side called 'Local Offer Guidance and Resources' there is a guidance on how to do this and a template form for creating your Offer.

If you are funded to provide education (EYE) you need to complete the 'Education Settings' template, following the specific guidance. Other childcare providers need to complete the 'Education Services' template.

There are draft examples of Local Offers on the right hand side of this page. Please also see details relating to the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS).

Ensure that your Local Offer is co-produced with your service users by asking for feedback on your draft offer. When complete keep an electronic copy, safely.

Stage 2: Publishing your Local Offer

1. Service Providers need to first 'register' for an account on the Family Information and Services Hub (FISH) which contains the Hampshire Local Offer. Use this link to register. Registration will take up to 5 working days.

2. Once registered service providers will be sent via email a log-on in order to access the website to add their Local Offer.

3. When the Local Offer is complete it will take a further 5 working days for approval to publish. Once the Local Offer is approved it will be published on the website.

Stage 3: Making changes to your published Local Offer

For service providers who have registered and have a log-on you are able to make changes to your Offer.

If you need help with registering or making changes to your Local Offer use the 'Contact Us' details to get in touch.

To check and update, or register to publish your Local Offer.