Isle of Wight Council

Local Offer

Coproduction with Parents, Children and Young People


  1. Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014 makes clear that local authorities, in carrying out their functions under the Act, must have regard (among other things) to the importance of children and young people, and their parents and carers, participating as fully as possible in decisions about their individual care.  Local authorities must also ensure that children, young people, parents and carers are involved in decisions about local provision.  They need to ensure that children, young people, parents and carers are provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions.
  2. Local authorities will be required to publish comments from children, young people and parents by no later than 31st August 2015 along with details of the action they intend to take in response to the comments.  However, local authorities should have in place an approach to ‘test out’ their Local Offer with users and consider how they can engage harder-to-reach-groups of parent carers and young people, well in advance of this date.

To support this process a number of documents have been produced:

Local Documents

 General Documents



Parents Voice IW




Young Inspector Reports  - (click here to view all)



Local Offer feedback


Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)


Check it out (CCG)



Short Breaks


National Documents


  • On the 3rd December 2014,  Isle of Wight Young Inspectors referenced in an Edward Timpson MP speech- supporting SEND students in Further Education that the minster gave to an FE audience.
  • Local Offer, Version 6 - March 2015 -  A selection of interesting examples of good practice from Local Offers across England - Mott MacDonald.
  • SEND Pathfinder Information Pack V6 March 2015 Mott MacDonald.
  • In the October 2015 DfE Newsletter Isle of Wight referenced re annual feedback as good practice.
  • On 12th November 2015, Isle of Wight Young Inspectors were referenced at an address by Edward Timpson MP to the Council for Disabled Children (CDC)
  • On 27th January 2016,  a survey of over 40% of English social services authorities by the Cerebra Legal Entitlements Research Project at Cardiff Law School reviewed local authority ‘short breaks’ statements. The Isle of Wight was singled out as an example of best practice. For more information click here.


Young Inspector Programme


The Short Breaks ‘Young Inspector’ Programme has been specifically designed to increase the involvement and ‘voice’ of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs.

The Young Inspectors are a group of Young People aged 6-19 with disabilities and/or additional needs that inspect services across the island.  They have helped shape the EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) plan and the Local Offer, spoken in front of the Department of Education and even been recognised by National Government.  Mainly the Young People inspect activities such as discos, horse riding, kayaking and many more.  All the activities will be put on specifically for young people with additional needs and they then feedback to us about the sessions.

  • For a family guide to the Young Inspector programme please click here,
  • For a young inspector pack click here.

  • For a referral form from a professions click here.

  • For more general information please click here.


Engagement with Young People


SEND Youth Forum

This forum is an opportunity for young people with special educational needs and disabilities to feedback about the services they need and use, so that we can learn from their experiences. This includes good experiences that should happen more, as well as areas for improvement. A questionnaire has been devised to capture how you would like to talk to us. To view this click here  (PDF, 366.01KB, 3 pages):

Parents Voice and Isle of Wight Council are offering an exciting opportunity to young people of the Isle of Wight with special educational needs or disabilities. This is an invite to join a new group that will be exclusively for children and young people with SEND aged 11-25 to have their voices heard.  The hope is that once formed, it will become as strong as Parent's Voice and support the great work that will continue to be done by everyone.

This group will need members. How you can help?

Become a member!?

So you are a young person with SEND aged 11-25 years, live on the island and you want to be heard or want to take part the best way you can!!

Once you are a member, it will be up to you how much or how little you do. The exciting thing about joining now is that you can help make decisions about the group.  Things like, its name, how it runs, when it runs, be part of creating events, or deciding on workshops for things that will help and support members.  

However, some things are already set:

  • becoming a member will always be free
  • all members have SEND & are 11-25 years
  • it will aim to empower its members to be heard equally on matters that are important to them

Refer a member!? Do you know a young person who has SEND, is aged 11-25 years and lives on the Island? Make sure they know about this exciting opportunity and support them to access if they would like to.

The first meeting took place on 12th July 2019. To view the poster click here (PDF, 116.58 KB, 1 page). To view the notes of this meeting click here (PDF, 405.53 KB, 3 pages).

KIDS session held on Wednesday 21st August 2019 at the Smile Centre to view the notes click here (PDF, 65.18 KB, 1 page)