What is the Solihull Local Offer?
The Children and Families Act 2014 was established March 2014. This means that Local authorities are required to publish and keep up to date information about services from Education, Health and Social Care which they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0 -25. This is the 'Local Offer'.
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 Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families. This is so families and professionals can easily understand what support is available and can make the right decisions and plan for the future.
The Local Offer clarifies what provision is normally available from early year’s settings, schools (including academies), independent and free schools, colleges and other services including health and social care.
What is an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan?
There are a small proportion of children with special educational needs who now have a single assessment and an Education, Health and Care Plan and whose special education needs are met through the Local Offer. Parents of children and young people whose needs do not require an Education, Health and Care Plan, will also be able to find important information they need to meet their Special Education needs through the Local Offer.
For more information on health services in your area, please go to:
- Children's community nursing service
- Children's learning disability service
- Specialist Assessment Centre (formerly Meadow Centre)
- Health Visiting Service
- School nursing service
- Community paediatrics
- Infant feeding
- Paediatric physiotherapy service
- Paediatric audiology service
- Paediatric occupational therapy service
- Paediatric speech and language therapy service
- Children's Community Services Therapy Referral Forms
The Designated Medical Officer (DMO) who supports Solihull CCG and Solihull Metropolitan Council in meeting its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities is:
Dr Alan Stanton, Consultant Community Paediatrician
Contact Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Making it Personal: A Family Guide to Personalisation, Personal Budgets and Education, Health and Care Plans
- How to request an Education Health and Social Care Plan
- Information for young people
- SEND guide for parents and carers (August 2014)
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council local offer
- Children & Families Bill
- Council for Disabled Children
- Solihull Family Information Centre