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0-25 Cheshire East Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Cheshire East Local Offer includes information about the support and provision that families can expect from a wide range of agencies for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25 years old. Click here to find more information and advice about available support (find out more about our Local Offer by selecting the “What is the Local Offer?” section on the website).

How the Cheshire East Local Offer for SEND was developed

A multi-agency working group of local professionals and parents and carers led on the development of the Cheshire East Local Offer. This ensured that the Local Offer was co-produced and included representatives from:

  • Cheshire East Council: SEND and Inclusion; Family Information Service; web team; Project Management Office and early years and childcare team
  • Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum
  • CVS (Community & Voluntary Services) Cheshire East
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Healthwatch Cheshire East
  • Local schools
  • NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Parent Partnership (now Cheshire East Information, Advice and Support)

 

To demonstrate this co-production, an independent logo was developed to represent our Local Offer. Ideas for the logo were generated in a joint workshop for professionals and local residents. These ideas were used to create several potential logos, and the final design was chosen by the multi-agency working group.

The CCG has responsibilities with regard to provision for children and young people with SEND, these are:

  • To commission services jointly for children and young people (up to age 25) with SEND, including those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
  • To work in partnership with the Local Authority  to develop the Local Offer.
  • To have mechanisms in place to ensure practitioners and clinicians will support the integrated Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment process.
  • To agree Personal Budgets where they are provided for those with EHC plans.

 

Cheshire East local area SEND inspection

As you may be aware, from 12 to 16 March 2018, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission conducted a joint inspection of Cheshire East to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the Special Educational Needs and Disability reforms. Highlighted were the lack of an effective autism spectrum disorder (ASD) pathway and unreasonable waiting times. Click here to access the SEND inspection page.

Work has taken place across the 0-25 SEND Partnership to produce this Written Statement of Action (WSoA), involving engagement with key stakeholders, including parents/carers and young people. Our Written Statement of Action was deemed to be fit for purpose by Ofsted on 23rd October 2018, and the 0-25 SEND Partnership are now working to implement and deliver our WSoA .

SEND Written Statement of Action