Parents and carers came together at The Hamlet on Tuesday 19th January to find out more about the Norfolk County Council’s Local Offer website and how it can benefit their family.
The website is described as “a one-stop shop for special educational needs and disability (SEND) in Norfolk” however the majority of families who attended this session were not aware of what it can offer.
In a relaxed, informal environment, Wayne from the Norfolk Local Offer talked families through what they can expect and how they can use the website. He explained the challenges that parents had faced previously when trying to locate relevant and up to date information at a time when their worlds “had been turned upside down.” Now all of this information is presented in a clear, comprehensive, up to date directory, which is easily accessible and puts families at the very heart.
Aimed at provisions for ages 0 – 25 years, it has been established with a family’s journey in mind and, with over 5,500 providers listed, there is a wealth of information contained within its pages, including details on benefits, educational and health care plans (EHCP), roles of professionals, transition planning, days out and understanding jargon and acronyms. Further to this, Wayne explained that parent and child involvement via the website is crucial to helping to influence the future shape of provision in Norfolk as family views are an essential part of the guiding process.
Families were also able to take part in discussions, ask questions and take away handouts.
There is a second opportunity to attend an information session about the Norfolk Local Offer website at The Hamlet Children’s Service, Johnson Place on Thursday 28th January at 5.30pm. It is free to attend. Please book your place(s) with Matt Garlinge 01603 766566 email@example.com