What is the local offer?
The local offer gives children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support are available in the area where they live.
It covers the services delivered by a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have a statutory responsibility to work with local authorities on the local offer for families in their area.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice, flexibility and transparency for families and to help them have more control over services by setting out the local provision for children and young people with SEND and their families.
What services are commissioned for children and young people with SEND?
In addition to the general services that are commissioned for the whole of the population, health services specifically provided for children and young people with additional needs include:
- Integrated Services for Children with Additional Needs (ISCAN)
- Community Paediatrics
- Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Community Care Packages
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Continuing Care Assessments
- Equipment including wheelchairs and mobility aids
What is the role of the CCG in the implementation of the SEND reforms?
The CCG is working in partnership with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council to contribute to the implementation of the SEND reforms (Children and Families Act 2013). Together we will ensure that health services commissioned locally for children and young people with SEND are meeting your requirements.
This means that the CCG and the local authorities will work together to identify the needs of the local population via the Education, Health and Care plans and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment; identify any gaps in local provision and then work together to address these gaps through jointly commissioned services, where appropriate.
Our local authority partners have published information about their local offer:
Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Transformation plan (Tameside and Glossop)
As nationally and locally in Tameside and Glossop there are significant challenges and inconsistencies in terms of issues around children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG along with its partners was selected as one of the pilot sites to respond to the challenges of children’s and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. This plan articulates this transformation over the next five years, click here for further details.