Learning disabilities and autism

We are committed to improving the health and outcomes of people with learning disabilities and autism, and transforming services to improve the quality of care throughout peoples’ lives.

NHS England is leading a programme of work that touches on all services within the NHS, working with commissioners to deliver significant improvements in the care of children, young people and adults.

The focus is ensuring that people who are inappropriately in in-patient care, move to community settings with support, and we are working with partners across health and social care to ensure this happens.

In Lancashire and South Cumbria this is being done by the Right Track Transforming Care Partnership.

This is a group of people who are collectively working towards improving the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Lancashire.

The partnership believes:

People with a learning disability and/or autism, including people with complex and challenging behaviour, should lead fulfilling lives in the community, supported by ‘ordinary’ services, with appropriate support from staff with skills to support them and their needs in their local community, whenever possible.

How it works:

The partnership is led by a steering board that meets on a monthly basis to oversee the work programmes to make the necessary changes to improve how services are provided, used and paid for across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Stakeholders are included in the work, asking service users, their families, carers, providers and commissioners to help develop the plan and to work with the partnership to get the changes right and implement them over the next three years.

The special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) local offer brings together information that is helpful to children and young people aged 0-25 and their families.

The Children and Families Bill was enacted on 1st September 2014. This means that Local Authorities will be required to publish and keep up to date information about services from Education, Health and Social Care in their area which they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0 -25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice, flexibility and transparency for families and to help them have more control over services by setting out the local provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families.

The Local Offer gives information to parents of children with, and to young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities between the ages of 0-25, in a single place. It will help them to understand what services they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. It will also be an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

The Local Offer clarifies what provision is normally available from early year’s settings, schools (including academies), independent and free schools, colleges and other services including health and social care.

We know that the journey through education, health and social care is not always easy to understand, especially if you have a child or young person with SEN and/or a disability. The local offer is a guide to relevant advice and information to help find the right support you need to make the right decisions and to plan for the future.

The special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) local offer brings together information that is helpful to children and young people aged 0-25 and their families. 

Lancashire local offer

If you want information around support and services on offer for you and your family in Lancashire, please use Lancashire’s local offer.

Cumbria local offer

If you want information around support and services on offer for you and your family in Cumbria, please use Cumbria's local offer.

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