The Leeds Local Offer
As children return to school across Leeds today, the Leeds Local Offer becomes available for initial feedback.
This post focuses on the Leeds Local Offer, but if you are from another area, ‘Bringing Us Together’ have complied a list of which local authorities have already produced a Local Offer and links to individual Local Authority websites.
With the introduction of the Children and Families Act, every Local Authority has to provide a Local Offer for families and this MUST be published from 1 September, 2014.
We have compiled a list of all the Local Offers we could find (or the holding pages on the LA website).
The Leeds Local Offer aims to improve information about services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities of all kinds. The site is live for initial feedback from 1st September 2014, with the aim of developing it further according to families’ feedback, for the next 12 months. By September 2015, the team hope to have created a really useful resource designed with families, for families. You can look at the initial site at Leeds Local Offer.
The sections on this web page are:
The Leeds Local Offer brings together in one place all the information on what services children and young people and their families with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities can expect from a range of public agencies, including education, health and social care.
The Leeds Local Offer website uses a specialist search engine that will return information about the support and services available in Leeds for children and young people. Users will be able to search using headings that reflect the ‘journey of the child’ from birth to 25 years, such as early years, going to school or college and living independently.
It is expected that the Leeds Local Offer will grow and develop a lot over the next year, to include more information about the services available in both the private and voluntary sectors, for example from nurseries, charities, disability groups, leisure and social activities.
To develop our Leeds Local Offer the Complex Needs service has consulted and worked closely with parents, carers and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disability. We have used focus groups, school councils, youth council, parent support groups such as EPIC, events and workshops and virtual groups. We have also consulted widely with partner agencies such as education, schools, colleges, early years, post 16 providers, social care, health and the voluntary sector.
The Leeds Local Offer for a child friendly city launched on 1 September 2014 and we would like to ask you to continue in helping us to improve our offer. Tell us what you think…
The Children and Families Act was passed in March 2014 and aims to improve services for children and young people and their families.
It makes some big changes to laws about how education, health and social cares services must support children and young people with SEN and disabilities, including:
- Making sure education, health and social care services work together to support children and young people with SEN and disabilities.
- Making assessments and care planning for those with the most complex needs quicker and more joined up by replacing Statements of SEN with Education Health and Care plans (EHC plans).
- More of a focus in the new EHC plans on outcomes and getting ready for adult life. The new EHC plans can go up to age 25 for those who stay in education and have complex needs.
- Giving families with an EHC plan more choice and control about the services they access and how the budget for their care is spent.
- Making sure children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their families have more of a say about the services they access and about how services are developed locally.
- Better information for families about services in their area – such as our Local Offer webpages.
If you have a Statement now, it will be converted to one of the new EHC plans over the next 3 years
SENSAP administer the statutory assessment process for children with SEN and manage placements at specialist provision. Most children with SEN will attend their local mainstream school. Others may attend a specialist inclusive learning Centre (SILC). Some mainstream schools have additional resources for children with hearing, visual, speech and language difficulties.As a result of the Children and Families Act the Statements and Section 139a assessments will be replaced by the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) from September 2014. All current statements and S139a assessments will be converted to EHCPs by April 2018.
Leeds City Council’s complex needs service is for children and young people from 0 to 25 years with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, and their families.Our vision is that every Leeds child with a significant learning difficulty or disability will benefit from child centred, high quality, flexible and responsive services that help them to live a successful and fulfilling life.
The School Funding Reform of 2013 changed the way in which schools, settings and providers were funded for pupils with additional and special educational needs. The new arrangements means all providers are funded on an equivalent basis – pupils are funded in a comparable way whatever the institution they attend.
Tell us what you want to see!
We want the Leeds Local Offer to be a useful place for young people with special educational needs and disabilities as well as for their parents and carers.
We have tried to make the whole site user-friendly for everyone.