The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced a statutory duty on local authorities to develop and publish a Local Offer, which sets out what they expect to be available for local children and young people with SEN and disabilities across education, health and social care.

The Local Offer should include eligibility criteria for services where relevant and make it clear where to go for information, advice and support. It should be easy to understand, jargon free and structured in a way that relates to families’ needs.

Parents, carers, children and young people should be able to use the Local Offer to find out about the support and opportunities available in their area and how to access them.

Oldham’s Local Offer is published on the council website, please click here to view it.

Oldham Council are always looking for ways to improve their Local Offer and welcome feedback from families here.

‘Parents of Oldham in touch’ or POINT run Oldham’s established Parent Forum for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs from birth to 25 years who live in or access services in Oldham.

POINT is run by parents and offers a wide range of support and information to families. Please click here to visit their website.

 

POINT also operate the Oldham SEND Information and Support Service (SEND IASS) which offers independent and confidential support and advice on education, health and social care provision.

Their support services are tailored to your individual needs and are both personal and confidential. Please click here for further information.

 

Another service run by POINT is Ability Wheelz which provides opportunities for children, young people and adults with additional needs and/or disabilities to access a wide range of adapted and universal cycles in Alexandra Park, Oldham.

Please click here to find out more.