Dear Poole Borough 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?
Dear Ryan Owen,
Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Please find the responses to your questions below.
1. What is your local authority currently offering for online advice and
guidance for Local Offer?
Poole Family Information Service offers information, advice and assistance
to parents of a child with SEN or a disability through its various mediums
of delivery; helpline, online Family Information Directory
(www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com), face to face offer, outreach
and 1-1 assistance (Brokerage) to childcare.
We are working together with parents and the range of services who
specifically support families of children with SEN or a disability, to
enhance our current service level/delivery so that it meets the full
requirements outlined within the ‘Local Offer’ requirements of the
Children and Families Bill. A key focus is being placed on the
development of its online Family Information Directory and its
interoperability with the pan Dorset Xchange website which is specific to
families within Dorset whose child has SEN or a disability.
2. What is the name of the person who is leading on the Local Offer
within your Local Authority?
The lead for managing this change in the Borough of Poole is currently
Nick Wharam who is Strategic Planning and Commissioning Manager for
Assistant Education Officer (Management Information)
Borough of Poole Children, Young People and Learning
Dolphin Centre, Poole, Dorset BH15 1SA
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