The Local Offer

As part of the changes within the Children and Families Bill, local authorities are required to develop a ‘Local Offer’, which will provide information for children, young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents/carers in a single place, helping them to understand what services they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies.
North Yorkshire County Council is keen to work together with parents and carers to develop this Local Offer; this survey is intended to assist this process of engagement and your answers will help to inform the initial development of the site.

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* 1. Have you already heard about the Local Offer

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* 2. If yes, how did you hear about it?

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* 3. How do you usually find out about national policies and changes to the law relating to SEND?

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* 4. It is important that everyone knows about the local offer and how to access it. How do you currently find out about local services and provision?

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* 5. How would you like to find out about local services and provision in the future?

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* 6. How would you like to see the local authority engage and consult with parents/carers regarding the Local Offer?

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* 7. It is important that the local offer is available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to access and use – as parents of children and young people with SEND, do you have any suggestions about how the local offer can be accessible (e.g. format, style, content etc).

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* 8. The draft ‘Children and Families Bill’ legislation clearly identifies what information will be available in the local offer, but there is flexibility about how this information is published – in your opinion, how should the local offer publish/present this information to families and service users?

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* 9. If you could sum up the three main things that the local offer needs to be, what would they be? (e.g. clear, easy to understand etc).

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* 10. The local authority must keep its local offer under review and revise it from time to time, so we will describe arrangements for children, young people and their families to comment on the local offer and we will publish and respond to these comments. How would you most like to feedback to the local authority?

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* 11. Do you have anything else you would like to say regarding the Local Offer?

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