Portsmouth Local Offer

For children, young people and their families with a special educational need or disability.

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    Carers Event - Tuesday 13th June, 2017, 10.00 - 2.00 at Portsmouth Guildhall


    Join Portsmouth Carers' Voice and Portsmouth Carers Centre at this free event.


    Come and see what's on offer, talk to professionals who can help you, join Q & A sessions with senior Health and Social Care managers.


    For further details please contact:


    Jacky on 023 9282 2795    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    Natalia on 023 9285 1864  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Consultations



    Portsmouth City Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to contribute to the Short Breaks and Home to School/College Transport Consultations which finished at the end of March.  The data has been analysed and recommendations have been prepared for Councillors.  However, decisions on services cannot now be made until after the forthcoming General Election and as such presentation of these reports has been delayed until July. 


    If you have any queries regarding this, please e-mail Fiona Donaldson, Short Breaks Officer on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • Autism Workshops

    If you are a parent/carer and have concerns that your child may have autism, these workshops are for you.  Your child does not need a diagnosis for you to attend but you must book a place. Please contact Barbara McDougall This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Daniel Bevan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information and to book a place.  The workshops will be held at the Portsmouth Academy, St Mary's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 5PF from 9.30 - 11.30

    Tuesday 16th May 2017

    Explaining a diagnosis to siblings, family and friends.

    Tuesday 23rd May 2017

    Supporting the anxious child.

    Tuesday 6th June 2017

    Sensory issues and management.

    Tuesday 13th June 2017

    Life with autism, the impact on the family.

    Tuesday 20th June 2017

    Wash up session, questions, entitlements etc.

  • School SEN Champions

    Would you like to find out more about the support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in schools?


    Would you like to meet other parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?


    Would you like to work alongside your child's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator?


    If so, have you considered becoming a

    School SEN Champion? 


    Portsmouth Parent Voice are looking for volunteers across Portsmouth to help organise coffee mornings and help distribute SEN information to parents.  Full training and support will be offered as well as a free DBS check.


    If you would like to find out more please e-mail Kara Jewell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    or call 07825 185 608

  • Dynamite Young Inspectors

    Dynamite is the voice for the young people of Portsmouth who have a disability, to increase awareness and influence issues which concern their lives.

    Dynamite would like to make Portsmouth a better place for young people with disabilities by:

    • Representing all young people with disabilities in Portsmouth
    • Enabling their voices to be heard
    • Challenging stereotypes of young people with disabilities
    • Meeting the diverse needs of young people with disabilities  
    • Creating a lasting and trusted structure of affect change

    Dynamite Young Inspectors visit services which feature on the Portsmouth Local Offer and provide a written report from the perspective of young people with additional needs annd disabilities.  They highlight what they think the service is doing well and also make suggestions for improvement or change.  To read more about the role of the Dynamite Young Inspectors please click here

  • Portsmouth Inclusion Conference 2016


    The third annual Portsmouth Inclusion Conference took place on 6th October 2016 at the Portsmouth Marriott, opened by Cllr Neill Young and Alison Jeffery, Director of Children's Services.


    Once again, this was a highly successful event, with over 150 delegates attending from within and outside the city to hear from our internationally renowned key note speakers: Lemn Sissay MBE and Sue Roffey.


    Delegates were also able to choose from a selection of workshops on topics including Trauma Recovery for Emotional Wellbeing, Reading difficulties, Eating disorders, Nurture Groups, Anxiety and Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying - all celebrating good inclusive practice in the city.


    The feedback we have received has been extremely positive. Comments include:  'Inspirational speakers'    'Overall a fantastic day'  ' An important and informative conference'  


    Please go to the next page for photos of the event


    Look out for details of next year's conference!  

  •  Inclusion Conference Afternoon Sue Roffey    Inclusion Conference Morning Lemn

            Sue Roffey                Lemn Sissay

     Inclusion Conference Morning group     Inclusion Conference Morning group 2


    Inclusion Conference Morning FF award   Inclusion Conference Morning GC Award

                 Appreciation Award Winners





  • Local Offer Annual Report - August 2016


    It has been 2 years since the Portsmouth Local Offer was first published and this report details the progress made and what we need to do next.

    Please click the image below to access the document.


    front cover AR 2016

  • Contact Us


    Is there an event running you would like to promote and  tell us about?   We are always happy to publicise activities and events for children, young people with SEND and their families on this newsfeed.



    Do you know of any clubs, leisure or sport opportunities for children and young people with SEND which are not currently on the Portsmouth Local Offer?  If so, we would love to hear from you as we are always looking to add to this resource.



    For either of the above please use the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.




  • Appreciation Awards


    These awards were set up by the Portsmouth Co-production Group which is made up of parents who have children with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability and representatives from Portsmouth City Council.  The Co-production Group set up the awards to give parents the opportunity to acknowledge individuals and services who they feel have carried out their role in a way that has made a significant positive difference to their family.


    3 awards were recently given to Fiona Freeman, Gemma Clair and Sarah Lawbuary - click on the images below to view the awards.


    If you would like to nominate somebody who you feel should be recognised in this way please contact Kara Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information.


    Fiona Freeman Award  Gemma Clair Award  Saray Lawbuary Award






  • Future in Mind


    A national Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce was establised in September 2014 to consider ways to make it easier for children, young people, parents and carers to access help and support when needed and to improve how children and young people's mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided.  As a result Portsmouth City Council and NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group are undertaking a consultation with children, young people, parents and carers to help develop a transformation plan for Portsmouth.


    An easy read document about Future in Mind has been produced and can be found by clicking here.


    A Focus Group is being held on this topic and details can be found within this Newsfeed.

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