Lincolnshire's Local Offer
COVID – 19, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Lincolnshire County Council continues to support all children and young people through the Education Health and Care Assessment and those with an Education Health and Care Plan; the process is not being delayed or impaired because of COVID-19. The advice and information will be gathered using alternative methods such as telephone calls and online information gathering ; partners are working hard to support families during this difficult time; the work will be regularly reviewed and families updated with any changes.
The council is expecting an announcement in relation to the roll out of vaccinations for unpaid carers including the main carers for children and young people with EHC Plans.
Information relating to this is that the carers will be identified on the basis of:
- Carers allowance
- GP carer flag
- Known to the LA:
- A carer assessment
- Support following that assessment
- Support from a carers organisation with or without an assessment
- Clinical risk: Parent of a CEV child
- Clinical risk: Parent of a child with neurodisabilities (see Green Book on vaccinations for definitions)
Key communication messages are:
- Department of Health &Social Care (DHSC): "This is a phased approach to inviting carers for vaccination"
- Department of Health &Social Care (DHSC): "If you receive carers allowance or are registered with a GP as a carer, you are already in the system to be invited to vaccination"
- Do let your GP know you are a carer.
- Do let the Council know you are a carer if you think you need to receive a vaccination because you care for someone who is clinically vulnerable
- We do want to invite 'hitherto unknown carers' to step forwards and make themselves known to us.
'The biggest carer identification drive' in history, said Carers UK.
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What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer is part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014.
There are two main purposes for the Local Offer:
- to improve information about services and provision available for families, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and to make it easier for all families to find this information by making it available in one place.
- that by working directly with families, children and young people on developing the Local Offer, Local Authorities and Health partners can improve provision.
Lincolnshire’s Local Offer includes leisure and activity providers, health and care services, education providers and support groups.
The Local Offer, as with the rest of the Family Services Directory, is provided to help you find services more easily. You should always check services and activities are suitable for your needs and those of your family.
To see a video about the local offer, click here
Who is it for?
The Local Offer is for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their families.
It will also help professionals working with families to find the right information.