Services and information for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities
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Hampshire's Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities
Your Local Offer - Information and services available in Hampshire for children and young people (birth to 25) who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)
The Local Offer includes information about education, health, social care, preparation for adulthood, leisure services and impartial information advice and support.
Hampshire’s Local Offer (co-produced with parents, carers and young people) aims to help you find your way through the maze of information to reach the best solutions for you / your child.
EHC Annual Reviews
Hampshire County Council has experienced a significant increase in requests for Education Health and Care Needs Assessments over the last two years. As a result of this, the number of assessments undertaken by the County Council, and the number of Education Health and Care Plans issued, has risen significantly. Much work has happened to improve the way the County Council is managing the increase, including recruiting additional staff and a continuous programme of training and improvement.
The focus on EHC assessments has meant that the County Council has not always been able to offer the level of service it strives to in relation to reviewing existing Education Health and Care Plans. The County Council recognises this has caused frustration for our families and schools and apologises for this.
To put this right, the County Council is launching a programme using the online EHC Hub to process reviews more efficiently. The County Council will be writing to schools, colleges, and early years settings over the coming weeks to outline the steps the SEN Service will be taking.
The County Council will be holding events in partnership with Hampshire Parent Carer Network so that families can know what to expect and to ask questions about the annual review process in the EHC Hub - http://www.hpcn.org.uk/
Annual review meetings will still be managed by settings, or by the County Council if a young person is not attending a nursery, school or college.
SEN Banding Framework - Changes to top-up funding allocation
Hampshire County Council is changing the way top-up funding is allocated to deliver the provision in Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) for young people who attend a mainstream school. Read more details about this here.
New grants appoved to support Short Break activities
Grants in excess of £1 million have been agreed, by Hampshire County Council, for voluntary groups and charitable organisations across the county, to support them in providing Short Break activities for children with disabilities and/or additional needs. Further details can be found here: Over £1 million agreed to support children and young people with disabilities | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)
Feedback - Your feedback is very important!
It will help us to improve the Local Offer and the services we offer. If you notice any gaps in services or information not currently included, please tell us. Please complete our feedback form to let us know what you think.
To see details of feedback received and the latest Local Offer Annual Report please click here.
To see leisure and play activities for children and young people with SEND you can view the Hampshire Gateway records here.
If you live on the border of Hampshire, you may wish to see the neighbouring authority's Local Offer. Click here to view Hampshire's neighbouring local authorities and their Local Offers.