The Wiltshire Local Offer provides information and guidance on services for children and young people, aged 0-25, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). This website contains information about education, health, social care, preparing for adulthood and leisure.
It is also your opportunity to provide feedback and help shape the future services. You can get involved by sharing your 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 tell us using our feedback form. We will publish your comments, our responses and actions on our Local Offer Response page and all comments will be anonymous.
Downland Special School goes Co-Ed
A decision has been made for Downland Special School to become coeducational. This will become effective from October the 31st 2016 with the school being able to admit girls by September 2017 at the latest.
From May 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will begin inspections of Local SEND services. For more information, keep in touch via the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council’s Update on Local Area Inspections.
SEND Strategy 2016-19
This strategy sets out the vision and key priorities for provision of services and support for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) in Wiltshire. It also sets out the broad range of provision available to support SEND in Wiltshire and a clear strategic direction for the future. The final strategy, approved by the Children’s Trust Commissioning Executive, has now been published. Click here for link to the report.
Wiltshire Autism Information Pack
The Autism Information Pack has been created for Wiltshire as a useful guide to support and services available for children and young people, 0-25 years with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). This local information pack has been developed by parents and carers who have children and young people with ASC themselves. It aims to signpost to relevant agencies, services and resources in Wiltshire which can help with concerns and questions. It also contains information on some national organisations, websites, books and resources that may be useful.
You can download the whole pack (it make take a few minutes as it is quite large) or browse through it online and print off the sections/pages that are relevant. The pack contains seven key sections, all colour coded to make finding them easier. The first two sections give information on support and services which cover all ages, and the next four sections focus on services specific to different age-ranges. The final section: ‘resources’ covers information about Special Educational Needs support, and the Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment and plans, Government legislation, the Adult Autism Strategy, as well as other really useful tools, books and websites.
You can download a copy of the Autism information pack from the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council website by clicking here.
If you have any queries about this pack or have any difficulty contacting the services listed, please do get in touch with the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council on 01225 764647 or email email@example.com
Anti-Bullying Alliance – SEND
The Anti-Bullying Alliance is working with Wiltshire Council from April 2015-March 2016 to become Anti-Bullying SEN and Disability Champions. Wiltshire are one of 9 Local Authority areas taking part in this programme. This programme is funded by the Department of Education. We are offering FREE training to schools, the wider workforce and parents/carers in Wiltshire. For further information on training session please see the leaflets below:
Children’s Workforce Professional Training: make a difference with a career in care through Wiltshire Council SEN & Disability – developing effective anti-bullying practice.
Are you a children’s workforce professional? Do you want FREE training about reducing bullying of disabled children and young people with SEN? For more information please download the training SEN anti-bullying training leaflet.
Foster Caring: Be the difference, with a career in care through Wiltshire Council
Wiltshire Council is starting a new project offering respite care to children with disabilities, and is looking for professional, experienced carers. To apply or find out more, contact Placement Services on 01225 716510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the Wiltshire Foster Carer leaflet for further details.