Torbay Council need your help to improve the information they hold on support and advice services that are available for families who have children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

A survey has been put together to gather as much information as possible from families and professionals about what is available for children and young people with SEND and their families.

In September 2014 the biggest transformation of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities services in 30 years took place. These changes now give young people, parents and carers a greater say over their personalised education, care and health needs.

As part of these reforms Local Authorities were tasked with putting in place a way for parents and young people to find and see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. This is called the Local Offer.

Councillor Ken Pritchard, Executive Lead for Children, Schools and Families, said: “I would urge any parents, young people and professionals, to complete this survey and help us improve the Local Offer information we have. We also want to know how to make it easier for those living with children who have special educational needs and disabilities to find out about the services we currently know of that can help them. We also want to understand how we can make the Local Offer more attractive to use and if there is anyone who would be interested in working on the future development of this offer.”

To see what information is already on the Local Offer visit: www.torbaydirectory.com/family and select the Local Offer section.

The survey can be found at www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation and is available to be completed until 27 March 2015.


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