About our Local Offer
The Local Offer provides information for children and young people in North Somerset with special educational needs or a disability - you may see this abbreviated as SEND both here and in various official documents.
We know that navigating through the range of services and support can be confusing and time-consuming, so the Local Offer aims to bring all of these resources together in a single place. Parents and carers tell us that knowing what support is available and how to find it helps them to plan ahead allows them to focus on their child rather than on the complexities of the system. We want the Local Offer to support parents in doing just that!
The Local Offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from local agencies, including early years settings, schools, and health and care services. It explains how to find the services you need, who to contact to access them, and how to tell us if things don't go to plan.
Who has contributed to the North Somerset Local Offer?
We have worked with a group of parents, carers and young people to discover what kinds of information and support are most important. We have also talked to our early year’s settings, schools, colleges and other service providers to ensure that the support they offer is reflected.
The Local Offer is monitored by the North Somerset SEND Programme Board.
Local Offer Parent Reference Group
We operate a Parent Reference Group which helps us evaluate and develop the Local Offer. The group includes representatives from the local Parent Care Forum, Supportive Parents and other interested parents and meets at a convenient time during the school day to enable parents to participate fully.
If you are interested in working with the Local Offer Parent Reference Group, please contact us at SEND@n-somerset.gov.uk
What's next for the Local Offer?
We want the Local Offer to work for all parents, carers and young people. We will also continue to work with parents, carers and young people to make sure the information is clear, useful and meets your needs.
If you have any comments or ideas about what we might include, or how we can make things even easier to use, please get in touch via SEND@n-somerset.gov.uk