January 2020

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Update : Transforming SEND services

Local Offer Test Website

Have you heard of the Local Offer website? The Local Offer lets parents and young people know what special educational needs and disabilities services are available in Hertfordshire, and who can access them.  The website has been rebuilt with the help of parents, and relaunched in a test area - take a look at the brand new site here, and give feedback before it's launched fully in the new year.

Save the Date

There will be a Local Offer Website launch on Tuesday 21st January from 12pm to 7pm at the Stanborough Centre in Watford.  More details can be found here.

What are Local Delivery Networks?

The vision for Local Delivery Networks (LDN) in Hertfordshire is a partnership model that works together to join up local SEND services in a way that will help to provide families with the right service at the right time and in the right place.  Working in this way will help us to ensure :

  • more children with SEND are educated within a local school and participate in their local community
  • improved support to local mainstream schools for inclusion and flexible provision
  • clearer pathways for families to access SEND support

We are trialling this way of working in Stevenage, following a well-attended partnership workshop in November last year which presented prototype ideas to test and learn from new ways of delivering SEND services.

The overarching aim of a LDN, is the desire to further connect services to each other through networking, rationalising and formalising systems and processes, across health, education and social care. Some of the early work underway is to broker support between school support workers and Families First Co-ordinators.

The image below shows how we envisage local delivery networks will improve services for families:



You can read more about progress in Transforming SEND on our Local Offer blogs here or email SENDTransformation@hertfordshire.gov.uk


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