Norfolk's Local Offer in development

Proposed expansion of Short Breaks to be phased in from October 2016

The consultation undertaken in January 2016 with parents and children with special Eductional Need and Disabilities (SEND) highlighted that children and their families wished to have greater control over the type of short breaks they could access to reflect their individual need and choice. I addition, changes to legislation, inlcuding the Children's and Families At 2014, indicated the need to move towards more personalised ways of working with families.

Consequently, form October 2016, there will be changes to Short Breaks for children with SEND offered by Norfolk County Council. Ou aim is to provide Short Breaks for children with SEND offered by Norfolk County Council. Our aim is to provide Short Breaks as locally as possible and to improve access to the range of existing provision available to all children. We will increase the number of parents/ carers accessing support and from April 2017 the eligibility criteria will change to include all children with SEND that impacts significantly on their day to day life. This is in response to gaps in our current Short breaks offer. Here are some details:

What are the proposed changes?

  1. Families of children with Send will be able to self- manage and access Short Breaks support;
  2. Changes will be made to the way Short Breaks are linked to Personal Budgets

How would the proposed preparations work?

  1. Levels of support will be organised into 4 Bands within individual budgets;
  2. Each child and family will be assessed using a questionnaire about their needs.

When will the proposed arrangements come into effect?

We will start phasing in the changes from October 2016, with a view to completing the process by April 2017.

Parents / carers are welcome to email cs.accessandservices@norfolk.gov.uk with any questions they have and these will be used to compile a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page which will be published alongside further information in due course.

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Read the leaflet to find out more.

The Fen Rivers Academy is a Special school that we have proposed and has been sponsored by Catch22 Multi Academies Trust (MAT).  The Academy will offer full time education and therapeutic support to 96 vulnerable children in the West Norfolk area, aged 4 to 16 years old that have been referred by the local authority as part of their duties to arrange SEN provision.

More information on the Fen Rivers Academy

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Read the full story: EDP – New unit launched at Sidestrand Hall School

A new school for children who are on the autism spectrum has won government approval. The Wherry School in Norwich will cater for pupils who, due to their autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), cannot access a mainstream school.

For more information and updates on The Wherry School please go to theThe Wherry School website.