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Jeremy Bartlett made this Freedom of Information request to Birmingham City Council

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

As part of the Government Green paper (Support and Aspiration) the government has outlined a new approach to special educational needs and disability. As part of this initiative the government requires all local authorities in England to set out a Local Offer.

The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available to them in their area and how to access them.

Please provide answers to the following questions

1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and guidance for Local Offer?

2. What is the name of the person who is leading on the Local Offer within your Local Authority? Please also provide their job title.

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Bartlett

Dear Birmingham City Council,

Apologies, the title of this request should be "local offer".

Yours faithfully,

Jeremy Bartlett

Steve Cullen, Birmingham City Council

Dear Jeremy

 

Thank you for your request for information held by the Council under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which was received on
23-12-2013.

 

We will contact you again once it has been ascertained what data is held
by Birmingham City Council.  In some circumstances a fee may be payable
and if that is the case, we will let you know.  A fees notice will be
issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to
deal with your request.

 

If you require any further information or are not happy with our response
please do not hesitate to contact me quoting the reference number above in
any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely,

Steve Cullen

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Policy

Children, Young People and Families Directorate

Birmingham City Council

 

Tel: 0121 464 4591

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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Tracey Robinson, Birmingham City Council

Dear Jeremy

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 

As part of the Government Green paper (Support and Aspiration) the
government has outlined a new approach to special educational needs and
disability. As part of this initiative the government requires all local
authorities in England to set out a Local Offer.

 

The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to
see more clearly what services are available to them in their area and how
to access them.

 

Please provide answers to the following questions

 

1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and
guidance for Local Offer?

 

2. What is the name of the person who is leading on the Local Offer within
your Local Authority? Please also provide their job title.

 

Please see response below:

 

1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and
guidance for Local Offer?

 The Children’s Information and Advice Service( CIAS) currently provides
signposting information on the Birmingham City Council website(
Birmingham.gov.uk) to a range of information support for parents and
carers of disabled children. The website signposts to the following
services based within CIAS:

 

·         CIAS Plus – Families sign up to the Disabled Children’s Register
and then receive a range of information throughout the year including
activities in the school holidays, play scheme information and  events for
families. Families are also sent a range of bespoke information about
services that can be accessed that would support the specific
needs/interests of their disabled/SEN child or young person.

 

·         Access to a range of factsheets covering support organisations
for different types of disabilities

 

·         Access to CIAS’s brokerage service. Staff in CIAS will undertake
research on the parent’s behalf to find suitable, accessible  services for
the disabled child, other siblings and support services to meet the needs
of the parent/carer

 

 

CIAS is currently developing an online Service Directory so that families
can access family services information directly from the website. This
directory will be a responsive system with advanced search functions. CIAS
are part of the Local Offer Working Group and are working together to
ensure that online service information is coordinated to address the needs
of families under the local offer.

 

2. What is the name of the person who is leading on the Local Offer within
your Local Authority? Please also provide their job title.

Chris Atkinson – Assistant Director for Children with Complex Needs

 

If you have any information which may assist us in determining or locating
any missed information, we would be grateful if you would contact us with
details of this information, so that we can conduct a further search.

 

If you are not satisfied with the response you may ask for an internal
review.  If subsequently you are not satisfied with the Council's decision
you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Generally,
the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council.  The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at the following address:

 

The Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 01625 545745             Web Address: [1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Robinson

Business Continuity and Information Governance Officer

 

 

Sent of behalf of:

Steve Cullen

Information Governance Manager

Governance and Policy Team

Children Young People and Families Directorate

Birmingham City Council

 

Tel: 0121 464 4591

Email: [2][email address]

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