19 August 2016 in Resources By

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11 July 2016 in Resources By

The local offer provides useful information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. It is here to help families, individuals, groups and organisations find information so that you have more choice and control over what support is right.

The local offer covers services that are available within:

  • Education - nurseries, playgroups, schools and colleges as well as support services like educational psychologists, early years and early intervention workers;
  • Health - local doctors, paediatricians, school nurses and therapists;
  • Social care - respite services and children's disability services; and
  • Support and services in the voluntary and private sector across North Yorkshire.

You can find out more about the Local Offer and how it affects you on the County Council's website.  

If you have any questions about your entitlements within the Local Offer and don't know where to go to for advice why not start by contacting us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Pauline Wardman on 01904 704177.

22 January 2014 in Resources By

http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/childrenandfamilies.html The complete Children and Families Bill

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/c/children%20and%20families%20bill%20factsheet.pdf Children and Families Bill short factsheet

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-young-persons-guide-to-the-children-and-families-bill Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Bill

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/s/sen%20code%20of%20practice%20indicative%20draft%20for%20committee.pdf The indicative Code of Practice from March 2013 for the Government Committee looking at how the Bill would work in practice; a newer version is due this autumn

www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk Government’s voluntary sector delivery partner for these changes; all info directly from the Minister comes via the Council for Disabled Children

http://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/infopacks/ Information packs re various aspects of the reforms with examples of practice in Pathfinder areas

http://www.ncb.org.uk/earlysupport what Early Support is, the underlying principles and information for families

http://www.transitioninfonetwork.org.uk/resources.aspx information about the transition process in England for disabled young people in transition to adulthood – joint site run by National Children’s Bureau and Council for Disabled Children

http://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/ information about preparing for adulthood from one of the support partners for the Pathfinder programme, including examples of good practice in employment, independent living, making friends and being involved in the community.

21 January 2014 in Resources By


[posted on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council]


North Yorkshire County Council is committed to savings of £92m by the end of March 2015. Following recent announcements by the government over future funding it now needs to find a further estimated £77m between 2015 and 2019. The council proposes to make a £400k reduction in the budget for post 16 home to school and college transport as part of this savings target.


To this end the Executive Members for the Children and Young People’s Service have decided on an open and wide consultation including with parents, schools, and colleges on a proposal to achieve the first £200k of the savings target. It is proposed that this would be achieved by increasing the charge for post 16 transport from the current charge of £360 per annum to £480 per annum. The new higher charge would apply to those starting a course at a college or school sixth form from September 2014. Young people part way through a course would continue to pay the existing rate.  


It is proposed that in some circumstances free transport would apply to vulnerable young people including: students with special needs; looked after children; young people who are living on their own and young carers. It is also proposed that the charge will be reduced by 50% for students whose families are on low income and students who are young parents on low income, and who could provide evidence of a means tested benefit.  


It may be necessary to further increase the charge from September 2015 to achieve the remaining £200k saving but the council would try to avoid this by working with schools and colleges to further develop local post 16 transport arrangements. We will be starting discussions with schools and colleges later in the year to explore options.


The full consultation document can be found by following the link below. We would welcome your comments by the closing date of Friday 6th December 2013. www.northyorks.gov.uk/26571