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Cambridgeshire's Local Offer

The “Local Offer” is Cambridgeshire County Council’s published overview of how children and young people aged 0 - 25 who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported

Following the Children and Families Act, which came into effect in September 2014, all local authorities across the UK must publish health, education and social care services and support information for SEND children and young people.  This must include eligibility criteria.

Once published, authorities must review the Offer regularly and consult with families and young people during the update process. 

 Cambs Local Offer postcard

 

Where to find it

The Cambridgeshire Local Offer is published on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

Read the Local Offer Annual Report

 

Information for your family

Take a look at the Local Offer to find out about:

  • early years providers 
  • specialist services
  • childcare and funding, health services and support, schools and transport.
  • how early years providers, schools and colleges identify and support children with SEND
  • specialist services that support children and young people with SEND
  • childcare and funding
  • health services and support
  • Education, Health and Care assessments and plans and personal budgets 
  • school and college transport
  • schools and college funding for children and young people with SEND

SEND Information on specific need

Information about support for children and young people with SEND have been produced with input from parents/carers, schools and settings, health professionals and voluntary and community organisations. 

There is information about support and services for children and young people with mild additional needs to those with complex needs. Depending on your child's needs, you may need to look at more than one information guide.

The "integrated offer" guides, below are designed to be live, working documents, updated regularly based on feedback and comments. They cover understanding specific needs and what to do.

  • Speech, Language and Communication
  • Autism 
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Visual Impairment 
  • Hearing Impairment

You can also read:

  • Dyslexia guidance 
  • Support factsheet for families with a child with Down's syndrome

Download the information guides/guidance and factsheet

 

 

SEND Specialist Services

Find out more about these services in Cambridgeshire, which include:

  • Educational psychologists
  • Specialist teachers
  • Specialist practitioners
  • The Sensory Team

 

SEND Information Reports on your children's schools websites

Your child's school must have it's own "offer" called a SEN Information Report and must publish it on their websites.  

Have you read it?

It is a legal requirement for schools to publish information about their provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)  - and keep it up-to-date. It should link to the Cambridgeshire Local Offer.

 

What do YOU think of the Cambs Local Offer information?

The new SEND legislation means children, young people and parent carers must be involved in developing their Local Offer. Furthermore, the council must respond to this feedback and consider it when commissioning services.   

Help improve the Local Offer information for other families

All Cambridgeshire parent carers are invited to get involved and give their views on the information published in the Local Offer. If you'd like to help shape content or have ideas on how to present it, please get in touch.  Pinpoint encourages parents to get involved, so please email communications officer Kari Payne - kari@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk if you have a few hours to help us review the offer.

Read more about getting involved in developing the Local Offer, on the county council website.