Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer

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Welcome to Reading’s SEND Local Offer

Winners of the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) Coram Family & Childcare award for Best Community Engagement 2022

Winners of the National Association of Family Information Service (NAFIS) Coram Family & Childcare award for 'Best SEND Local Offer' 2021

The Family Information Service provides this information on behalf of Brighter Futures For Children which delivers children’s services in Reading.

The SEND Local Offer is here to help you find information about local services, support, activities and events for children and young people aged 0 - 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

Reading’s SEND Local Offer is set out for you in the boxes below on this page. Here you’ll find local information on everything from support for carers, activities, short breaks, education, transport and much more.

Reviewed - October 2022

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Information for Ukrainian nationals arriving in the UK (Reading)

Information on support services are listed on the Reading Borough Council website. Click here to find out more.

SEND Local Offer Newsletter & SEND Local Offer 16+ Guide
SEND Local Area Joint Inspection

Further information can be found on the Brighter Futures for Children website - https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/about/local-area-inspection-of-the-effectiveness-of-send-in-reading/

https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/services/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/

Quality of care for children & young people with SEND in Reading improving - https://brighterfuturesforchildren.org/send_services_improving/ 

Joint local area SEND inspection in Reading - view the report here

Coronavirus - Latest information for families

Coronavirus ~ Latest advice for all residents (with link to Easy Read information tab)

COVID-19 statement:

Brighter Futures for Children is committed to working with key partners including schools, childcare settings and the voluntary sector to ensure the needs of children and young people with SEND are met and that they and their families are supported throughout this difficult time.

The SEND Local Offer Explained

We also have a page which explains what a SEND Local Offer is. The page includes a video and frequently asked questions. It’s useful because it sets out what you can expect locally and what legislation exists to support the availability of certain services locally. You can access it here.

How to contact the SEND Local Offer

For people who do not have access to the internet, we offer a 9am-5pm telephone service. Call 0118 9373777 (option 2). 

Email - localoffer@reading.gov.uk 

What we are doing to improve SEND services in Reading

You can read more about what we are doing to improve SEND services in Reading in the links below:

Reading Area - Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Strategy 2022 - 2027

The Reading Road to Success 

BFfC Accessibility Strategy 2020-2022

Related Advice

What is the Local Offer? Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP) EHC Needs Assessment - Timeline - Reading Guide for Parents & Carers ORDINARILY AVAILABLE statement - Provision the local authority (BFfC) expects to be made available by schools, early years and post-16 providers & SEND Support in Mainstream Schools Disagreements, Mediation, Tribunals & Appeals Capital Fund Plan to support development of Specialist Education Provision for Children & Young People with Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs) Reading Families' Forum (RFF) Reading Information, Advice & Support Service for SEND (SENDIASS) SEND Guide for Parent Carers SEND Pre-Diagnosis - Are you Concerned about your child? SEND Definitions - Areas of Special Educational Needs/Disabilities Direct Payments - Employing a personal assistant for your child using Direct Payments - a guide for parents and carers (BFfC)
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Contact the Team

Family Information Service

fis@reading.gov.uk 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

SEND Local Offer

localoffer@reading.gov.uk 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2 0118 937 3777 OPTION 2

Adult & Carers Support

CSAAdvice.Signposting@reading.gov.uk 0118 937 3747 0118 937 3747
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