The Wiltshire Local Offer describes the range of services and support for children and young people, aged 0-25, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The Local Offer information is made available by this website, the SEND Information Service (SENDIS) helpline (01225 764647) provided by Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC), weekly updates from WPCC, and a variety of publications, information and engagement sessions facilitated by WPCC throughout the year. In addition, individual services provide information about what they provided as part of the Local Offer.
This website contains a wide range of information including, for example, education, health, social care, preparing for adulthood and leisure.
Families are encouraged to get involved by sharing ideas, taking part in user groups and providing feedback. Your views are important – if you have ideas, comments or concerns about the Local Offer, please click here to find out how to get in touch with us. We will publish your comments, our responses and actions on our Local Offer Response page – all comments will be anonymous.
Short Breaks Scheme Consultation – open until 16 September
Each year the WPCC facilitates consultations with parent carers to collate feedback about the Short Breaks scheme that in turn informs decisions Wiltshire Council takes about the Scheme for the coming year. For the first time, the consultation is being undertaken on line. Participants in the survey are asked to look at a slide presentation before submitting their response. The survey will close at 5pm on Sunday 16 September 2018. Enquiries to WPCC 01225 764647.
Click here to see the consultation survey slides and respond to the survey.
Additional special school provision for ASD/SEMH at Sarum Academy from January 2019
A new annex, based at the Sarum Academy, will increase capacity in the south of the county from January 2019 for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues. Click on the link for details:
Virgin Care launches new front door to Wiltshire Community Health Service
Virgin Care now have a single point of access (also known as SPA) – a single website, telephone number and address for all referrals and questions about the services Virgin Care runs on behalf of the local authority and the NHS. The SPA is for children, young people, families, GPs and health and social care professionals to reach and access support from Wiltshire Children’s Community Service. Using the new Request for Support form will also help children and families find services more accessible. Service delivery will remain the same.
Wiltshire’s Short Breaks Scheme 2018/19 NOW CLOSED
The Short Breaks Scheme is for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and who require additional support to access leisure facilities. The current Scheme covers the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. Late applications will not be considered unless there are exceptional circumstances. For more information, please contact the WPCC 01225 764647 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you accessing all the help available for the cost of childcare?
Childcare Choices is a Government website that can help you see what you may be entitled to. To try and make the childcare choices information a bit easier to read and understand, Wiltshire Parent Carer Council have produced some slides that explain the ins and outs of support with childcare costs that you may find helpful. Please click here to take a look.
Foster Caring: Be the difference, with a career in care through Wiltshire Council
Wiltshire Council is recruiting professional and experienced carers to provide respite for children with disabilities. To apply or find out more, contact Placement Services on 01225 716510 or email email@example.com. Download the Wiltshire Foster Carer leaflet for further details.