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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…

Day centres and lunch clubs

Day centres Day centres are run by a variety of providers and offer a range of services, often including meals, activities and outings. Some may cater for people with disabilities or special needs, and some may require an assessment of your physical needs. List of…

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: SEND Development and Delivery -…

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!

Do you have a question about Suffolk's Local Offer? Need help finding information or, would like to discuss what services are available? You can call our Local Offer Advisor on 0345 606 1490.

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 unusual behaviour. Receiving a diagnosis may come as a great shock, and it can take a while to accept what you're being told. Try to…

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 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. These documents can be viewed by…

Social clubs and befriending groups

Clubs and activities There are many friendship clubs and befriending services, and groups specifically for men and women where you can meet new people and join in social activities. Many ethnic community groups in Suffolk organise cultural and educational activities, and offer advice, friendship and support. Telephone…
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