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Rochdale’s Local Offer Information and Documents

All local authorities have published a Local Offer which provides information and advice on the services and provision available in the area for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability.

Receive alerts from GOV.UK website about support for children with special educational needs.

Rochdale SEND Local Offer COVID-19 Help and Guidance

Please see our help and guidence for Rochdale SEND COVID-19 (internal link)           

What services will this include?

Access further information on these services from the below links:

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.

For further guidance see the Rochdale Boroughwide SEND Offer for Schools (28KB doc)

The Accessibility Map is designed to assist parents, carers and families to find suitable facilities in their local schools for a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

SEND Action Plan

The development of Rochdale's Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Written Statement Of Action has been led by Rochdale Borough Council and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group. It sets out the actions that will be taken to address the areas of weakness identified by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.

Responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of this statement of action sits with the Children with Disabilities Partnership, reporting to the Children and Young People's Partnership and Health and Well-being Board.

SEND Provision Capital Funding

Rochdale Borough SEND Strategy

This is an 18 month strategy to align with the implementation of the Family Services Model. The strategy drives our ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in our borough.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) tips for family carers

Hft (external link) have published a list of handy Personal Independence Payment (PIP) tips for family carers. They are intended to make the process of completing the form as straightforward as possible, and help you complete it in a way that will give the assessors an accurate picture of your relative’s situation

Contact the Family Carer Support Service

Freephone 0808 801 0448. We’re available to talk Tuesday to Thursday 9.15am to 4pm, but if you call outside of these hours, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call within seven working days.


Choice Forum

Since 2000, the Choice Forum has been the place to discuss issues affecting the lives of people with learning disabilities in the UK.

You are invited to join the forum, ask questions, share information, and talk about issues that are important. Here you'll find lots of mutual support, experience and lots of knowledge.

You can find out more about the Choice Forum (external link) website.

Rochdale Borough Integrated Children and Young People’s 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.

We hope that you can hear the voice of such children, young people, parents and carers throughout the document. We will continue to consult in order to inform actions and work plans for the next 3 years.  This strategy was produced in August 2017 and will be reviewed in August 2020.

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.

Funding streams available to early years settings and mainstream schools for inclusion and disability

SEND support and funding availability for Childcare Providers, Early Years Education settings and mainsteam schools/academy's.

Rochdale Short Breaks

What is a short break?

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. Families in turn get a break from their caring responsibilities.

For more information please visit Rochdale Short Breaks (internal link)

Max Card

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission. Find out more (internal link)

Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

A child’s parent(s)/carer, nurseries, schools and colleges are all able to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment for an education health and care plan on behalf of a child with special educational needs (SEN). Young people who are over the age of 16 and who are no longer in compulsory education are also able to request an assessment.

For more information please visit How to request a Statutory Assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) (internal link)

For information on rights to appeal a decision by the Local Authority, please see National Trial Toolkit - SEND Tribunal (internal link)

SEND documents

SEND services

North West SEND newsletters

For all North West SEND newsletters please visit NW SEND Regional Network News (internal link)

NW SEND Regional Newletter - September 2020 (external link)

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