Services for children and young people with special education needs and/or disability

Child in wheel chair playing with large yellow ballWhat 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.

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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: alan.stanton@heartofengland.nhs.uk

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