Portsmouth Local Offer

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


Co-production - How we produced the Local Offer

What is Co-production?

Co-production is working collaboratively to ensure that services are developed to meet the needs of Portsmouth City Council children and families.

Parent/carers, children and young people have been consulted with at all stages of the Portsmouth Local Offer, including the design, development, implementation and on-going review. It has meant that they have been able to use their combined skills and creativity to help shape the Portsmouth Local Offer.

To celebarate co-production in Portsmouth, 3 videos have been produced which cover:

What is a parent carer forum?

The role of parent carers in the development of services.

Successful projects developed in co-production

Please click the following link to view these videos.





Portsmouth Co-Production Group

We are the Portsmouth Co-Production Group. We are made up of parents who have children with Special Educational Needs and or a disability and representatives from Portsmouth City Council.

How did Portsmouth Co-produce the Local Offer?

The Local Offer website has been designed jointly with young people, parents and carers of children with SEND and Portsmouth City Council. Parents, carers and young people wanted a simple website where they could find the information they needed.

The Local Offer has this information in one place so you can make an informed choice on the support your child may need. We have drawn on our experience as parents and our joint passion for improving the lives of those involved in the care of young people in Portsmouth, to put this information together in a friendly and easy format.

The Co-Production Group has continued to work together since the launch of the Local Offer website in September 2014 to tackle other disability issues which will really make a difference to the lives of children, young people, their parents and carers.

If you would be interested in joining the Co-Production group, please contact Portsmouth Parent Voice on 07825 185 608 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Dynamite Group

Dynamite is the voice for the young people of Portsmouth who have a disability aged 14 - 25 with a disability (ie Special Educational Need, Learning Disability or Physical 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

The group had been involved in the design and development of the Portsmouth Local Offer and more recently were involved in reviewing the website at a pizza evening event which 15 young people attended.  The council listened to this feedback and made changes to the website including adding more videos.

For further information, please click here