New website for children and young people with SEND

Children and young people in the Bradford District who have a special educational need and/or a disability are now able to benefit from a new dedicated information website.

 The site forms part of Bradford District’s Local Offer, where information about the services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can be accessed all in one place.  The Local Offer website is available at http://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/

The Local Offer includes information about education, health and social care for families with a child aged from birth to 25 years of age with special educational needs and/or disabilities.  It also provides information and advice for young people preparing for adulthood. 

Parents, young people and organisations including the Council, Barnardo’s and the Parents’ Forum for Bradford and Airedale along with Health Services in the Bradford District were involved in developing accessible designs and the content  for the site including photos and videos.

One in five children in England has a SEN or disability during their school career.  

The Local Offer is one of a number of changes that have been introduced by the Children and Families Act which came into effect earlier this year.  

The new Act will also extend the rights and protection to young people by introducing a new birth to 25 Education, Health and Care Plan. Professionals will also provide more tailored support to families, giving them the help and assistance they need.

The changes in the Children and Families Act mean:

  • Councils publishing a ‘local offer’ showing the support available to all disabled children and young people and their families in the area - not just those with educational needs.
  • SEND statements and learning disability assessments are replaced with a new birth-to-25 education, health and care plan - setting out in one place all the support families will receive.
  • Better co-operation between councils and health services to make sure services for children and young people with SEND and disabilities are jointly planned and commissioned.
  • Parents and young people with education, health and care plans have the offer of a personal budget.
  • Mediation is available for disputes and children and young people are able to appeal if they are unhappy with their support.
  • There is a new legal right for children and young people with an education, health and care plan to express a preference for state academies, free schools and further education (FE) colleges.

These new changes will be phased in from September 2014.

The changes also mean that support can continue up until the age of 25 for those with an EHC plan who need more time to complete their further education or training.

A guide to explain the reforms is available at the www.gov.uk website.


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Published: 19/09/2014
Audience: Everyone
Contact: Jenni Leary

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