All local authorities have published a Local Offer which provides information and advice on the services and provision available in the area for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability. Rochdale Borough Council consulted with parents, carers and young people on the Local Offer and obtained feedback on what they wanted to see included, look at Rochdale local authority - You said We did report 2018 (7.52MB doc).
The Council for Disabled Children (external link) have provided information and advice on the Local Offer. This helps identify what should be included in the Local Offer – and helps parents recognise if their local offer includes everything it should.
Access further information on these services from the below links:
- Suitable childcare (internal link)
- Accessible Activities (internal link)
- Short Breaks - Short Breaks Statement (internal link)
- Family Action - Rochdale SENDiass (Parent Partnership) (internal link)
- Dispute Resolution - Schools (external link)
- EHC Plan Appeal Process (SEN and Disability Tribunals) (external link)
- All schools – mainstream and special (internal link)
- Secretary of State - Approved List of Institutions (external link)
- Personal budgets for children and young people (internal link)
In the Education Local Offer a summary of the core provision expected of all schools and academies. Will be published in the schools own SEN Policy and SEN Information Report.
It will cover all aspects of school life – classroom, school day, after school activities and learning off site.
The Accessibility Map is designed to assist parents, carers and families to find suitable facilities in their local schools for a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
- Accessibility Map (internal link)
The development of Rochdale's Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Written Statement Of Action has been led by Rochdale Borough Council and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group. It sets out the actions that will be taken to address the areas of weakness identified by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.
Responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of this statement of action sits with the Children with Disabilities Partnership, reporting to the Children and Young People's Partnership and Health and Well-being Board.
This is an 18 month strategy to align with the implementation of the Family Services Model. The strategy drives our ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in our borough.
Hft (external link) have published a list of handy Personal Independence Payment (PIP) tips for family carers. They are intended to make the process of completing the form as straightforward as possible, and help you complete it in a way that will give the assessors an accurate picture of your relative’s situation
Contact the Family Carer Support Service
Freephone 0808 801 0448. We’re available to talk Tuesday to Thursday 9.15am to 4pm, but if you call outside of these hours, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call within seven working days.
Since 2000, the Choice Forum has been the place to discuss issues affecting the lives of people with learning disabilities in the UK.
You are invited to join the forum, ask questions, share information, and talk about issues that are important. Here you'll find lots of mutual support, experience and lots of knowledge.
You can find out more about the Choice Forum here: http://www.choiceforum.org/ (external link)
Rochdale Borough Integrated Children and Young People’s 0-25 Autism Strategy including Social Communication Needs
We have consulted with young people, from the Borough of Rochdale, with Autism; gained the views of parents and carers who have children with Social, Communication Needs and or Autism from across Greater Manchester; and we have worked with the Innovation Unit and Young People in Co Designing our Quality Assurance Indicators. Young people with Autism have agreed that this strategy focuses on what is important to them.
We hope that you can hear the voice of such children, young people, parents and carers throughout the document. We will continue to consult in order to inform actions and work plans for the next 3 years. This strategy was produced in August 2017 and will be reviewed in August 2020.
The toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population.
Funding streams available to early years settings and mainstream schools for inclusion and disability
SEND support and Funding availability for Childcare Providers, Early Years Education settings and mainsteam schools/academy's.
Funding page for Childcare and Early Years Settings (internal link)
What is a short break?
A short break gives a child or young person with a disability the opportunity to spend time away from their family taking part in leisure activities or simply relaxing. Families in turn get a break from their caring responsibilities.
For more information please visit Rochdale Short Breaks (internal link)
A child’s parent(s)/carer, nurseries, schools and colleges are all able to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment for an education health and care plan on behalf of a child with special educational needs (SEN). Young people who are over the age of 16 and who are no longer in compulsory education are also able to request an assessment.
For more information please visit How to request a Statutory Assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) (internal link)
- Rochdale Parent Carers Voice (internal link)
- Team for Physical Disabilities (Rochdale Additional Needs Service) (internal link)
- Barnardos - Rochdale Services (internal link)
- Special Needs Today (internal link)
- Information, Advice and Support Services Network - IASS (for disabled children and young people) (external link)
- Positive Steps (internal link)
- Rochdale Sendiass (internal link)
- Disabled Student Allowances (internal link)
- Elective Home Education Team (internal link
For all North West SEND newsletters please visit NW SEND Regional Network News - Newletters (internal link)