Local authorities in England are required to publish information about the provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
It includes information about how to access health care services for children and young people with SEND such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy services, and mental health services. It will also include health and care provision that might be needed by children and young people with SEND such as wheelchair services, continence services or physiotherapy.
The Local Offer describes what arrangements will be made in schools for identifying and assessing SEND, modifying teaching methods, involving parents and carers, and securing additional services and equipment as needed. It also contains information about how an education, health and care assessment can be requested and how how parents will be involved, any support that will be available, and timescales.
Berkshire CAMHS are working closely with both NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS West Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group who are leading on work across Berkshire to improve and transform mental health services for children and young people.
This work has been developed as part of a national programme, following recognition that children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health has for many years been an area which has not been given sufficiently priority and funding.
Both Clinical Commissioning Groups have published local transformation plans outlining what we are doing and what we want to do together to better support children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, including CAMHS.