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About the Local Offer

Suffolk’s Local Offer gives you clear, accessible and accurate information about the services available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). In Suffolk we want services that are able to respond to local needs and aspirations. This is why children,…

Co-production in Suffolk

Co-production happens when service providers and service users recognise the benefits of working in true partnership with each other.  This process is adopted ‘from the start’, when planning, developing, implementing or reviewing a service.  It means that all the right people are around the table…

Inclusion Service Team Update

As part of our response to the SEND inspection, the Inclusion Service has reorganised the way it works, effective from 1 April 2018. The service, led by Judith Mobbs, Assistant Director for Inclusion and Skills, is now organised as follows: As part of our response…

Leisure Activities and Short Breaks

Since April 2011 every local authority has a duty to provide a range of short break services for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. Short breaks enable disabled children and young people to do many of the fun exciting activities non-disabled children…

Local Offer Advisor - here to help!

The Local Offer aims to provide information about support services and opportunities for children and young people with SEND all in one place. Do you have a question about Suffolk's Local Offer? Need help finding information or want to discuss what services are available? You…

A parent's guide to autism

Parents often feel relieved when they finally receive a diagnosis of autism, because they have an explanation for their child's behaviour. Receiving a diagnosis may come as a shock, and it can take a while to accept what you're being told.  It can sometimes be…

Q and A Response to the SPCN Annual Survey

The annual Parent Carer Satisfaction Survey, in relation to education, health and care services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, showed that families are still finding it difficult to get the information that they need. As a direct result of…

SEND Activities in the Lowestoft area

We have many providers in the Lowestoft area who welcome children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Keep reading to find out more. If you know of any others, let us know! Allsorts work in the Lowestoft area to support children and…

SEND Information and Guidance

The Department for Education has produced a parental guide to new reforms which are changing the ways in which children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities are supported. They have also produced a Young Person's Guide to the Children and Families Act. Parental guide Young persons guide …

Suffolk SEND Programme Board

The SEND Programme Board is the governance body which will ensure that the SEND reforms and objectives from the 2017-2020 SEND strategy are implemented in Suffolk. The Board is made up of partners who are directly responsible for commissioning, delivering, and monitoring services for children…