Portsmouth Local Offer

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

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  • Consultation on the use of Special Needs funding


    The Department for Education has allocated a capital grant to Portsmouth City Council of £537,600.

    The purpose of this grant is to support the creation of places and to improve provision and facilities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

    The Council is seeking the views of residents, especially parents of pupils with SEND, pupils with SEND, and school/academies.

    The deadline for responses is May 24th 2019.


    Feedback, comments and queries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    To read the full consultaiton please click on the link below.


  • Mental Health and Well Being Support Group

    Portsmouth Carers Centre will be running another support group on the

    29th May 2019 at Paulsgrove Family Hub.

    For more information click here

    or contact Paula Eddy on 02392 851864  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    RNIB Chocolate Making Session 

    Saturday 18th May 2019 at Le Salon du Chocolat, Unit 7 Hortons Yard, Melbourne Road, Chichester, PO19 7ND

    Back by popular demand. This event is open to any family with a child or young person aged 5-16 years who is a resident or schools in Southampton, Hampshire or Portsmouth and is experiencing sight loss and a sibling or a friend if there is space.

    Click here for more information


    Portsmouth Youth Project is run by Enable Ability and is for young people aged between 18-25 years, living in Portsmouth with a physical and/or mild-moderate learning disability, or additional special need.
    The Project aims to provide young people with the opportunity to engage in a variety of planned recreational, social and sporting activities as part of a group setting.
    This enables young people to interact and socialise with other peers on a regular basis. Activities are designed to improve pivotal life skills for all young people; including building their confidence & self-esteem, independence, communications and multitasking skills, to name a few.
    Please click on the link below to access the April 2019 Events Schedule.


  • The Regional Stakeholder Network
    The Regional Stakeholder Network will bring the views of disabled people, local disability organisations, and organisations that represent disabled people closer to government. Through its 9 groups across England it will create face to face forums and provide a channel for people to share their views about policies and services that affect them.
    We are looking for Chairs to lead and drive the efforts of their group forward, and Members to share their views and experiences to help government make improvements. Further details and how to apply are on our website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/seeking-chairs-and-members-for-the-new-disability-regional-stakeholder-network
    The 9 regional groups across England are:
    • North West
    • North East
    • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • West Midlands
    • East Midlands
    • South West
    • South East
    • East of England
    • Greater London
  • Evidence for the review of the Autism Strategy
    The Department of Health and Social Care, with the Department for Education, has launched a national call for evidence to inform our review of the Autism Strategy. The call for evidence is inviting views from autistic people, their families and carers as well as those of professionals. It is aimed at finding out what is working, where progress has been made and, importantly, where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers.
    The call for evidence can be accessed online at the following link https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/autism/2e4ae18d and is open for responses until 16 May 2019.
  • Impacting on You Newsletter - March 2019
    The Portsmouth Parent Voice Impacting on You Newsletter is available to view.  It contains a range of information including:


    - What's on?
    - Vacancy- PPV Manager
    - Local Offer Live 2019
    - Make at Aldingbourne
    - Healthier Together Website
    - Continence Pathway 
    - Stand Up Activities
    - Your Views and Consultations
    - Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Group


    Click the link below to view the Newsletter.http://www.portsmouthparentvoice.org/news/impacting-on-you-newsletter-march-2019/

  • Enable Ability - Youth Hub
    The Enable Ability Youth Hub is a service that was previously run by the Portsmouth Autism Support Network and as such is primarily designed for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders from 5 to 18 years of age.
    The group meets every Wednesday during term time, normally at the Landport Community Centre in Portsmouth from 5:30pm, where service users can come along and interact with others, build friendships, take part in games and enjoy a regular social environment.

    Activities include computers (in particular Game Over), board games, LEGO, and also bowling. We also run additional themed weeks such as Art & Design workshops, Pets as Therapy, Pizza nights and much more.
    For further information please click on the link below.
  • Impacting on You Newsletter - February 2019


    The Portsmouth Parent Voice Impacting on You Newsletter is available to view.  It contains a range of information including:

    •What's on?
    •Solent Pulse Text Service
    •Parents Buddies
    •Healthier Together Website
    •Health Passports
    •Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Group
    •Speak Your Mind Event
    •Home to School Transport Update


    Click the link below to view the Newsletter.


  • Parent Buddies

    A brand new service in the Family Hubs for 2019.


    Volunteer led drop-ins for parents of children aged 5-19.


    Please click on  the image below for further information.


    Parent buddies

  • Dynamite Survey


    The new Dynamite survey for any young person aged 14-25 with a special educational need, disability or experience of mental illness is available here in an online format. It should only take a few minutes to complete and everyone who completes it is entered into a draw to win high street vouchers.







    The Newsletter gives information on events, sessions and general news coming up through Pompey in the Community.


    Please click on  the icon below to access it.





    Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF) was delighted to receive a grant of £9,799 toward their volunteer project School Special Educational Needs Champions (School SEN Champions).


    Lynne Rigby Principal Officer said ‘we are so pleased to have the funds to continue our work’, School SEN Champions support parents of children with special educational needs who are in mainstream schools. The project was initiated by PDF in 2016 in response to SEN reforms introduced by the Government in 2014.


    School SEN Champions support parents of children with special educational needs who are in mainstream schools.


    To read the full article, please click on the link below.



  • A parent's guide to SEN support in schools


    The above guide was developed in partnership with the Parent Engagement Officer from Portsmouth Disability Forum.


    Please click the image below to access the document or go to:   http://www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org/local-offer-search/item/370


    Parents guide to sen support front cover



    The Children and Families Act 2014 requires that the Local Authority must publish an annual report on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).


    This annual report details feedback about the Local Offer from parents and carers and young people and describes what we have done over the last year, and what the priorities are for the coming year.


    Please click the image below to access the document.


                                front cover

  • Portsmouth SEND Strategic Review June 2017 - March 2018


    This review, which commenced in June 2017, was commissioned jointly by Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils.  With a brief to carry out a comprehensive strategic review of the provision for Portsmouth and Southampton children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the key aim was to ensure future demands can be met which are financially sustainable.


    The review included consideration of the continuum of provision available to meet the range of identified need, as well as the sufficiency of provision going forward. Further information can be found by clicking here.


    Please click the icon below to access the full report.



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  • Portsmouth Implementation of the SEND Reforms: Progress Report April 2018


    The purpose of this Progress Report is to provide a summary of the actions achieved in
    implementing the SEND Reforms in Portsmouth, as set out in the Children and Families
    Act 2014, during the initial implementation phase from September 2014 to March 2018.

    These achievements were celebrated at a SEND Stakeholder Conference on 19th
    March 2018. The conference was an opportunity to recognise the progress so far and to
    mark the move from the implementation phase to embedding the SEND reforms as
    business as usual.  Further information can be found by clicking here or by clicking on the icon below.


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    Was there anything you searched for on the Local Offer but could not find?

    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.


    Please use the Contact Us tab at the top of the page to tell us about any of the above.


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    Your feedback on the Portsmouth Local Offer is very important to us and we would ask you to complete the Feedback or Contact Us section at the top of the home page whenever you feel we need to be made aware of something or if you know of information we should be including.
























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