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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,…

Assessments, Education, Health and Care Plans

The majority of children and young people with special education needs (SEN) or disabilities will have the support they need within local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges. This is called SEN Support. For some children and young people, although they are receiving support…

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…

Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Annual Reviews: documentation and guidance

  An Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment can be requested by parents, carers, teachers or any other professional involved with a child or young person; they can also be requested by a young person over the age of 16. You can read more information…

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…

Parent Carer Needs Assessments

The purpose of a Parent Carer Needs assessment is for you to have an assessment of your own needs, allowing you to discuss with a practitioner your caring role and how it affects your wellbeing, your feelings and choices about caring, what help you need to support 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…

SEND 16+ Transitions Guide

All children and young people deserve a bright future - to belong, achieve, contribute, stay safe and be healthy. The teenage years are a time of change and exploration as they begin the start of their journey towards greater independence and adulthood. For 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 …

Social Care and Early Help

Disabled children and young people have the same rights as other children and we want to make sure that we offer the correct support to ensure they have the same opportunities as other children. Families in Suffolk may be supported by different teams within Suffolk…