This page links to important documents that support and explain what is in our Local Offer.

We publish documents like strategies and policies about how we expect children and young people, and people with additional needs, to be supported and involved in their education, health and care. And we have guidance about how to find out about and use the services available.

Here are some of the documents that you might especially want to read.

The SEND policy for Somerset

The policy contains local authority expectations about supporting children and young people with special educational needs.

Read the the SEND Policy in full

We oversee a range of support to meet the needs of children and young people in education. Educational support is co-ordinated with other services and there are policies and ways of working that shape the services we provide. The way we provide support for children and young people with SEND is based on the SEND Code of Practice 2015

SEND Effective Support Guidance for all who work with children and young people with and their families for graduated early help, targeted and specialist support.

SEND Strategy for Somerset

We want every child and young person to have the greatest possible opportunity to be the best they can be, to be happy, and have choice and control over their life.

We need to transform our services and work together to make sure that the child or young person is at the centre of everything we do. Our 2016 to 2019 strategy is the partnership response to the challenge to all of us.

The full Somerset SEND Strategy 2016 to 2019 – this strategy is currently under review and is due for publication Sept 2021.

You can also find our SEND Charter here

Our SEND Strategy and ongoing commissioning of local services must be informed by an up to date understanding of the needs of local children and young people with SEND; this data and analysis can be found in our annual SEND Needs Assessment.

Somerset SEND Written Statement of Action

Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group are working hard together to improve Somerset’s services for children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The work being undertaken is outlined within the Written Statement of Action (WSoA). This is a detailed plan to improve the SEND service areas identified in the Ofsted and CQC inspection report, broken into 9 areas.

Local Offer Annual Reports

The annual report provides information on how Somerset’s Local Offer has evolved using feedback from its stakeholders, especially parent carers and children and young people. You can find our Local Offer Annual Reports here

Strategies, policies, guidance and legislation

Strategies – Planning for what we aim to do and how we will do it

Policies – The rules we set out for what we do in a particular situation

Guidance – Support and information about how to use the policy or to find out what we do

Legislation – Laws about the rights people have and the duties local authorities and partners have to provide for them