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Local Offer website relaunches

Published Monday, 17th February 2020

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A website has relaunched dedicated to providing important information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The website was designed by a group of parents from Southend Family Voice and other voluntary groups in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Southend Clinical Commissioning Group.

Providing a SEND Local Offer website is a statutory requirement, so all the information about relevant help, advice, products and local services can be found easily in one place. It is specifically aimed at the parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 25, with special educational needs and disabilities.

A launch event was held on Thursday 30 January for children’s services professionals, advocates, parents and carers. It was important to develop a website that is easy to use, has a look and feel specific to Southend, and most importantly contains up to date information.

Speaking at the event, Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “I’m really pleased we’re able to relaunch the website, after it has had the input of so many people who use the page to access service information.

“I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment to develop this. We are building on the success and lessons learnt from the SHIP website, to provide something designed by parents, for parents and we hope it exceeds people’s expectations.”

Karen Migliorini, a representative from Southend Family Voice was at the launch event and spoke about her journey as the single mother to two (now adult) sons, both with severe learning difficulties, and a daughter who has forged a career working with those with learning disabilities.

She said: “We all contributed with co-producing the new local offer website because we wanted it to reflect what parents, carers, children and young people want and the provision and services available in Southend. Any feedback positive or otherwise will be welcome.”

Southend Family Voice are the parent-carer forum for Southend on Sea, who work with local service providers to ensure parents are involved  and that their representative parent voice is heard about what is important to them in helping to shape, develop and improve local services. To find out more about the group, please visit the Family Voice website.

If parents would like to be involved specifically in a group established to review the SEND Local Offer on an ongoing basis then they can either register their interest with Southend Family Voice, email or call 01702 212328.

You can visit the new look SEND Local Offer page. You can also provide feedback on the new look website via the feedback link at the bottom of the webpage and feedback on the support available to pupils with SEND via the POET survey link.