Dear Hartlepool 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,

Ben Fox

Freedomofinformation, Hartlepool Council

Dear Ben,

Thank you for your request dated 23rd December 2013.

Please find the information you require below.

Question Response
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?

Hartlepool’s Local offer provides information and guidance on providers and services available, together with information on Compliments, complaints and Comments, Coordinated Assessments, Personal Budgets and Information & Guidance covering - Parent Support, News, Factsheets, National Guidance and Up and coming events and training. These pages can be found on the local authorities Family Service Directory home page, with a direct link: http://hartlepool.fsd.org/send
Please note some of the pages are still under construction and work is still ongoing to develop both the local offer of services and home SEND page

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.
Tracy Liveras - Short Break & Parent Participation Officer

We hope that this information deals with your request, however if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original request and should be sent to Chief Executives Department, Legal Services Division, Level 3, Civic Centre, Hartlepool, TS24 8AY, [email address].

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, www.ico.gov.uk.

Kind regards

Leanne Purdy

Leanne Purdy
Legal Assistant
Legal Division
Hartlepool Borough Council

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