Progress so far | Central Bedfordshire Council

Progress so far

Improving our SEND Local Offer

Outcomes we’re aiming for:

  • the Local Offer is co-produced as a partnership between us, health, private and voluntary organisations, parents/carers and children and young people
  • the Local Offer is fit for purpose
  • children, young people, and families can access the right information at the right time and are able to make informed choices about the services and support they receive

The information below shows the progress so far and what we will be doing in the next term. This information will be updated every term.

The Local Offer is co-produced as a partnership between us, health, private and voluntary organisations, parents/carers and children and young people

What we’ve done

We have:

  • launched a fortnightly email bulletin (currently being accessed by over 6,800 people) for parents and carers, with information about events, news, Local Offer updates and more about the SEND services available to them in Central Bedfordshire
  • updated our Local Offer health content so that information is clearer and easy to find, as requested by parents
  • updated our emotional health and wellbeing resources with links to offer support
  • kicked off a review of our Local Offer content, where we are also looking at the accessibility of the pages
  • developed a forward plan of our meetings with the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), to ensure we are regularly collaborating on all aspects of our SEND improvement programme
  • strengthened engagement with local voluntary sector organisations to ensure we are working in partnership to support children and young people with SEND
  • co-produced a draft Local Offer annual report

By next spring term (26 April 2021) we will have:

  • continued with our ongoing programme of stakeholder and partner engagement and joint working, with a focus on making the necessary improvements to the Local Offer
  • reported back to the SEND Partnership Board on the development of a new, co-produced, website which will host the Local Offer and will be developed in partnership with families, young people and key partners

Outcomes theme 2: The Local Offer is fit for purpose

What we’ve done

We have:

  • held sessions to review the Local Offer with stakeholders, ensuring that its content is in line with the SEND Code of Practice
  • facilitated a survey for our staff and key health professionals to get their views on the Local Offer
  • started looking at system improvements, by investigating the best way of delivering a new website that is fit for purpose
  • consulted with groups of local young people and their parents and carers, using their feedback to make improvements to the Local Offer
  • invited local residents to join a Local Offer family review group, which focused on the transition of SEND children into adulthood
  • reviewed and updated the current information available on the Local Offer
  • benchmarked the work of the local offer with best practice regionally and nationally

By next spring term (26 April 2021) we will have:

  • presented our recommendation for improving the Local Offer website to the SEND Partnership Board (January 2021), with the Local Offer working group then starting to deliver this work
  • provided a further update through our SEND communications on what else we are doing to improve the work of the Local Offer

Children, young people, and families can access the right information at the right time and are able to make informed choices about the services and support they receive

What we’ve done

We have:

  • developed a plan to keep parents and practitioners engaged and updated about the Local Offer, with a view to getting it approved by the SEND Partnership Board in January
  • launched our Local Offer Facebook page
  • set up web analytics to improve how we share information on our website, which has already been shared with the Children’s Services Oversight and Scrutiny Committee members
  • updated the Local Offer web content to include links to lots of services and resources for support, including access to the CAMHS website which has been updated with information, videos and resources
  • updated the Local Offer web content with information about Bedfordshire Community Health Services, which has recently launched a new co-produced Bedfordshire Community Services website with information about accessing services such as speech and language therapy support

By next spring term (26 April 2021) we will have:

  • presented our plan for communicating and engaging with parents and practitioners to the SEND Partnership Board for approval
  • scheduled and prepared for Local Offer live events
  • delivered all communications as agreed in our plan