Engagement and Consultation for the Local Offer

The regulations for the Local Offer come into force on September 30th 2014, and this brings new requirements for Local Authorities with a much higher bar for engagement and consultation with children, young people and their parents/carers.

“Local Authorities must involve children with SEN or disabilities and their parents and young people with SEN or disabilities

  • Planning the content of the Local Offer
  • Deciding how to publish the Local Offer
  • Reviewing the Local Offer”

Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0-25 years, June 2014 (Code 4.8)

The code also stipulated that

“Local Authorities should ensure they have access to good quality data to inform their decisions when reviewing provision and taking action to develop their Local Offer”  (code 4.28)

Delivering on these requirements means adopting new specialist approaches of engagement and consultation as the traditional methods are not sufficient to adequetly demonstrate genuine co-production or comply with the regulations around having good quality data.

Kaizen can provide end-to-end support for Local Authorities, including

  • Design of the engagement and consultation strategy
  • Development of consultation questionnaires and other suitable methodologies
  • Delivery of consultation with young people, parents/carers, and professionals to feed into the development of the Local Offer
  • Preparation, analysis and reporting of the data
  • Delivery of consultation with all stakeholders about how to best provide the information in the Local Offer to ensure it is accessible
  • Manage the process of ongoing feedback and reviewing of the Local Offer

While the requirements apply to all Local Authorities, we recognise that each Authority needs a bespoke service so contact us to talk about designing a package of support that fully meets your needs.

Kaizen & The Local Offer Partnership Working

The Local Offer and Kaizen are proud to announce a joint venture supporting the work of local authoriites in developing and maintaining their local offers. The partnership offers project-based consultancy over a time-bounded period with a focus on –

  • Driving improvement across the board around the local offer
  • Increasing the effectiveness of joint planning, delivery and review
  • Meeting key responsibilities in making provision more responsive to local needs
  • Engaging with hard to reach children, young people, parents and carers
  • Keeping local offers under review
  • Increasing accessibility, appeal and usefulness of local offers through digital technology

To find out more, please read our fact sheet. 

Kaizen and The Local Offer in Partnership – Local Authority Offer