Joint local area Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Following the publication of the Ofsted for the Walsall local area, the Department for Education has signed off our written statement of action for SEND which outlines the improvements that are going to be implemented within the SEND service.
The local offer
The local offer sets out the support across education, social care and health at different levels of need for for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families. It includes those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. The local offer includes:
- universal services - support available to all children and young people with SEN or disabilities such as schools and GPs
- targeted services - additional short-term support over and above that provided routinely as part of universal services for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
- specialist services - specialised, longer term support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities who need more than targeted services
The key purposes of our local offer are:
- to provide clear, accessible and up-to-date information to help families, children and young people to know what provision is avilable and how to acess it
- to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review
The way in which we develop our Local Offer is important. We are aiming to make it more than simply a directory of services and want it to be the outcome of working together co-production - with our local SEND community of children, young people and families. We are currently stepping up our engagement with our community and professionals to review and refresh our local offer.