Luton’s vision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people - that they achieve well in early years, at school and at college to enable them to lead happy and fulfilled lives within a safe environment and where they have choice and control.
We are committed to co-producing the improvements we need to make as a local area and so there will be a range of opportunities for you to get involved, from taking part in surveys to participating in workshops. We will be advertising these on the Local Offer , so keep a look out!
The Local Offer is an access point for parents/carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs. It gives information about education, health and social care services available in the Luton area.
- provide one place to go for all information needed on education, health and social care services
- be easy to navigate through complex information from a wide range of sources
- help users find the information they need quickly and easily
- provide clear, transparent, relevant and accurate information about current services in a way which can be understood and accessed by all
- provide links to other websites (such as early years settings /schools /colleges) where further information about a service will be available.
To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about support and opportunities available for children and young people with special educational needs in the Luton area
To ensure that the provision of services in education, health and social care are more responsive to local needs and aspirations of children and young people by directly involving them, their parents/ carers and service providers in its development and review.
Improving outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
Between the 3-7 December 2018, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the Luton local area to judge its effectiveness in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 . These duties came into force in September 2014.
The inspection highlighted a number of strengths including the passion and commitment of front-line staff in supporting children with SEND and their families. However, it was determined that there were areas of significant weakness which required the local area to produce and submit a Written Statement of Action to show how we will improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
The Written Statement of Action was coproduced with members of the Luton Parent Carer Forum and health, education and social care professionals. It contains the areas of weakness and the detailed actions that Luton Council, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and partners will take to address these, and is available to view here.
Our plan on a page summarises the key elements of the Written Statement of action
To improve how we are working together as a Local Area to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND), we have identified named people from each of the main organisations who will “champion” the needs of these children and young people within their own organisation.
Find out more about our SEND Champions.
Other regional local offers
The Children and Families Act (March 2014) requires Local Authorities to “Publish a local offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available for children and young people in their area who have special educational needs.
We have included links below to other regional SEND Local Offer websites which may be of use to you:
The Transforming Care Programme in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes aims to ensure that individuals with a diagnosed learning disability (LD) and/ or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) are supported to the greatest extent possible within local communities and within suitable environments to avoid unnecessary in-patient hospital admissions. Find out more about the Transforming Care Programme.