Rochdale’s local offer information and policy documents

All local authorities have published a local offer which provides information and advice on the services and provision available in their area for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a disability (SEND).

What services does Rochdale local offer include?
What will be included in the education local offer?

In the education local offer a summary of the core provision expected of all schools and academies will be published in the schools own SEN Policy and SEN Information Report.

It will cover all aspects of school life – classroom, school day, after school activities and learning off site.

Rochdale Boroughwide SEND Offer for Schools (159KB pdf)

Listening to and acting on the voices of children and young people experiencing emotionally based non-attendance 2023-2024 (7927KB pdf)

Emotionally based non-attendance (EBNA) guidance for schools (3813KB pdf)

SEND strategies for early years and school settings

Rochdale Borough SEND Strategy

Rochdale will be a great place to grow up, get on in life and live well. Rochdale will meet the needs of all children and young people with special educational needs and disability, from birth to the age of 25 years. Children, young people and their families will choose their own outcomes and be supported to improve them, together with professionals when needed.

Raising Rochdale – supporting SEND children, young people and families 0-25 years 2021-2026 (5KB pdf)

Rochdale strategy for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) 2022-2027 (855KB pdf)

Raising Rochdale 2022-2027 (1329KB pdf)

Rochdale's LA Graduated Response 

The SEN and Disability Code of Practice sets out expectations of a graduated response to SEN in line with the Children and Families Act 2014. 

Rochdale’s LA Graduated Response to Special Educational Needs (168KB pdf)

Rochdale Short Breaks

A short break gives a child or young person with a disability the opportunity to spend time away from their family, taking part in leisure activities or simply relaxing.

Rochdale Short Breaks Matrix 2023-2024 (306KB pdf)

Short Breaks Statement Oct 2023-Oct 2024 (187KB pdf)

SEND Provision Capital Funding

Stakeholder Consultations Form (19KB pdf)

Special Educational Provision Capital Fund Plan 2018-2021 (213KB pdf)

Early Help & Schools Service - Accessibility Strategy 2016-19

Rochdale Borough Council? has a duty to plan strategically so that the accessibility of its schools and other provision increases over time. Schools share this duty as ‘responsible bodies’ and have a duty to prepare an accessibility plan which will explain how they will increase accessibility.

Early Help & Schools Service - Accessibility Strategy 2016-19 ** currently under review**

Children and young people's mental wellbeing - A toolkit for schools and colleges

The toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population.

Toolkit for schools and colleges (2MB pdf)

Funding streams available for early years settings and mainstream schools 

SEND support and funding availability for childcare providers, early years education settings and mainstream schools.

Funding for Childcare and Early Years Settings

All Ages Prevention Strategy 

This strategy is to create a culture of prevention in which families and individual’s thrive with the aim to empower and enable all residents to be healthier and more resilient to keep their life on track and maximise life chances.

All Age Prevention Strategy 2021-2025

GM Thrive Model

The Greater Manchester i-THRIVE team work with each of Greater Manchester’s 10 Local Transformation Partnerships (LTPs) and the GM Future in Mind Implementation Group to enable the delivery of the Greater Manchester Children and Young People’s Mental Health Transformation Programme.

Greater Manchester (GM) Thrive Model 2019 - 2022

GMCA Children's Plan

Greater Manchester’s bold ambitions to ensure the city-region is the best place in the country to grow up, get on and grow old have been boosted by the publication of a comprehensive Children and Young People’s Plan.

GMCA Children and Young People Plan

Sleep Strategy

Safe sleep has saved many babies lives. It is backed by research that has shown how to reduce the chance of babies dying suddenly.  

Rochdale Safeguarding Partnership Board - Safer Sleep for Babies

LCO Strategic Plan

The Northern Care Alliance are the provider lead for the Local Care Organisation (LCO). The LCO partnership focuses on health, care and wellbeing services and how care and support is delivered locally. It is made up of health, care, children, adults and a range of wider partners.

SEND is a key priority for the 2023/24 LCO Business Plan. All partners are committed to working together so that services are provided in a safe, effective and coordinated way. This will meet the diverse needs of Rochdale’s residents and enable healthy, happy communities and individuals.

LCO Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Business Plan Apr 2023 - Mar 2024 (1850KB pdf)

Northern Care Alliance - Rochdale Care Organisation website

SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan

Our Plan will be overseen by our respective departments through a new National SEND and Alternative Provision Implementation Board jointly chaired by the Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Women’s Health Strategy.

** This is currently being updated and will follow soon ** 

Ordinarily Available Provision - Supporting SEND children, young people and families (6328KB pdf)

0-25 Autism strategy including social communication needs

We have consulted with young people, from the Borough of Rochdale, with Autism; gained the views of parents and carers who have children with Social, Communication Needs and or Autism from across Greater Manchester; and we have worked with the Innovation Unit and Young People in Co Designing our Quality Assurance Indicators.  Young people with Autism have agreed that this strategy focuses on what is important to them.

Rochdale Borough Integrated Children and Young People’s 0-25 Autism Strategy (1MB pdf)

**This document is currently under review**

SEND code of practice

SEND code of practice 0 to 25 years 

Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

This statutory code contains:

  • details of legal requirements that you must follow without exception
  • statutory guidance that you must follow by law unless there’s a good reason not to


Useful links

Page last reviewed: 27/02/2024