Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

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.

20:20 Vision For SEND in Northamptonshire

The 20:20 Vision for SEND in Northamptonshire events in March 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 contribute. For more information see the 20:20 Vision page.

Local Offer survey

At the time of the 2020 Vision events, we created a survey asking people who use the Local Offer a few questions about how they use it and what they are looking for.

It is important to us to know that the Local Offer in Northamptonshire provides you with the information that you are looking for. If you can't find something, please let us know.

Complete our survey

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.

SNIX

Sign up for our free SNIX magazine! You can choose to have it sent to you by email or by post.

The SNIX newsletter is one of the ways that we make the Local Offer available for people who don't use the internet for whatever reason. EPIC - a group of young people with disabilities who the government consults with - advised Northamptonshire Local Offer that they thought it was really important for information to still be printed about activities and services. Our SNIX newsletter does this. Our Shooting Stars group are involved in the making of the magazine. Please send us your articles to be considered for publication in the future.

How to contact the Local Offer team

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 portal 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.
  • being part of the Local Offer Workstream

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

Consultations

Sensory Impairment Service

Extra dates:
The consultation about the Sensory Impairment Service has been extended until 12 May 2017.
Two additional meetings have been arranged, both from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm with parking at both venues. These have the same content as the first two events that were held in early April 2017.

You can also give your views by completing complete the online survey that is available on the Northamptonshire County Council  Consultation Register.

  • Tuesday 25 April 2017 at Delapre Community Rooms, Alton Street, Off Main Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, NN4 8EN
  • Wednesday 3 May 2017 at Grafton Court, Kettering Venture Park, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6X

Following a review of the Sensory Impairment Service and consultation with staff, a public consultation will run from 4 April until 1 May, on some proposed changes to the way that the service is delivered.

For more information please see:

Sensory Impairment Service Consultation

As well as an online survey to give views, there will also be two public meetings. Parking is available at both locations and a BSL interpreter will be available.   

  • Tuesday 11 April 2017, 6pm to 7:30pm: Far Cotton Rec Centre, Towcester Road, Northampton, NN4 8LG
  • Wednesday 12 April 2017, 6pm to 7:30pm: CFE, Grafton Court, Kettering Venture Park, Northampton, NN15 6XR

If you have any questions or comments please send these via SISreview@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Local Offer

Northamptonshire Parent Forum held consultations with parents, and Katharine Parker Associated Ltd were appointed to manage the process.

The results of the consultations can be downloaded here:

*Please note that these documents may contain broken links.

Shooting Stars are now part of the consultation group and are asked to comment at each stage. All users of the Local Offer will be encouraged to participate in future developments.

Local Offer team

A Local Offer team has been appointed and is in post 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, Leanne Smith and Julia Smith - Local Offer development workers.

These are our one page profiles: 

The team was recently 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.

Pathfinder evaluation

Northamptonshire was a Pathfinder authority testing out the draft proposals for the Local Offer.

Evaluation of the SEND pathfinder programme can be viewed here:

*Please note that this document may contain broken links.

Local Offer Governance Group (previously referred to as the Workstream)

The Local Offer Workstream consists of representatives from our partners in Health, Social Care, Early Help for Disabled Children, Transitions Team, Education (a leading Senco), Early Years providers, a parent from NPFG, an advocate from our Shooting Stars group; IASS and the Local Offer manager.

The Local Offer Workstream meets frequently and feeds into the EHC Implementation and Development Board.

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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.

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