Speech & Language
The Local Offer
In September 2014, the government’s Children and Families Act 2014 required each local authority to publish a Local Offer. This will be one place where all information can be accessed about the provision a local authority expects to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25, who have special educational needs and disabilities. (see section 4 of the SEN Code of practice)
The purpose of the Local Offer is to provide information for parents and young people, in a single place, to help them understand what services they and their family can expect locally, including cross‐authority boundary and how to access them. These include: early years settings, schools (including academies and free schools), colleges, health, social care and social/leisure. The Local Offer will also include guidance for parents and young people when they need to speak with practitioners and professionals. It will also include information on giving feedback, raising concerns and making complaints.
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
- To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the provision expected to be available; and
- To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations, by directly involving children and young people with SEN, parents and carers, and service providers in its development and review.
Please find below the link to the Warrington Local Offer. This is where you will find information about the local offer for Warrington and what it offers for SEN.
Free online learning for children and young people with SLCN
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) has produced free online learning programme - Mind your Words – which aims to:
· Increase awareness of the many pupils who have both SEMH & SLCN
· Increase collaboration amongst the various professionals who support them
· Help develop ‘communication friendly’ environments; schools, CAMHs, social care, etc.
· Increase the use of evidence-based interventions for SLCN and SEMH
· And help make teaching and interventions more accessible to pupils with SLCN.
SLCN Fact Sheets
The RCSLT has also produced a variety of fact sheets which aim to raise awareness of these issues and summarise the current research on SLCN and SEMH