Early Help within the ‘Local Offer’ – support for children with disabilities and SEN
The special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms following on from the Children and Families Act 2014 require all local authorities to produce a 'local offer', detailing all service provision that it knows, and expects, to be available to children, young people, and their families with SEND aged 0-25 years. This must include health, education, and social care. This must be published electronically, and available to access via alternative methods to ensure accessibility to all those who wish to use it.
Shropshire’s Local Offer aims to help families, children and young people and professionals to support those with special educational needs or disabilities to find accurate and appropriate information. Our Local Offer should help families and their children and young people with an SEN or disability to make positive decisions about their lives, offering them a wider choice of services and information to access. Our Local Offer webpages give more information
Short breaks for children with disabilities
Our short breaks ‘All In’ programme offers a range of activities for children with disabilities to support the development of social, communication and independence skills, and to help increase confidence, concentration and improve relationships. Some of these short breaks are open to siblings, the whole family, or a parent carer while their child enjoys activities with others and is cared for by the activity leaders. These activities can form part of your child’s ‘preparation into adulthood’ and can support their development and learning of independence skills. Again, more information is available from our Local Offer pages.