Portsmouth Local Offer

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

Information and Support

Portsmouth Carers Strategy 2015 - 2020

This strategy for Portsmouth has been developed jointly by Portsmouth City Council, NHS Portsmouth CCG, Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and includes strategic support to both adult and young carers.

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Portsmouth City Council Leisure Card

If you are a Portsmouth resident receiving certain benefits and support you could get discounts at a range of facilities across the city including sports centres, golf, museums, city arts and various attractions

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Portsmouth College

Portsmouth College offers a broad range of courses for both the 16-18 and 19+ age groups

Tel: 023 9266 7521

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Portsmouth Craft & Manufacturing Industries (PCMI)

Work Choice Department of Work and Pensions provision for unemployed young people 18 years plus. Its' purpose is to give assistance for people with disabilities to access employment opportunities and provide support when entering employment.

Tel: 023 9232 2822

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Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF)

A user led lobbying and campaigning charity working to ensure disabled people have the same life chances as everyone else.

Tel: 023 9281 5266

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Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association is a charity providing friendship, support and essential educational services for children, their families and professionals in Portsmouth and South Hampshire.

Tel: 07747 041576

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Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP)

The Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) brings together Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), schools, academies, colleges, early years settings, Higher Education Institutions, the council, teaching schools, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), Portsmouth Dioceses and EBP South to improve attainment and opportunities for children and young people across the city. The PEP is linked to the overarching Children’s Trust arrangements for Portsmouth which bring together all agencies whose work affects the lives of children, young people and families, including: social care, health, the Police, Jobcentre Plus, the voluntary sector, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and others.

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Portsmouth Free Swim Scheme

The effective way for Portsmouth residents aged 12 and under to enjoy their local swimming pool.

Tel: 023 9320 0401

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Portsmouth Health Visitor Service

Health Visitors are qualified nurses who have additional training in Public Health Nursing. They lead sill mix teams which include other qualified nurses and support workers. They offer 5 routine contacts to all families who have children from pre- birth - 5 years which is called the Healthy Child Programme universal service..

Tel: 0300 1236629

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Portsmouth Implementation of the SEND Reforms: Progress Report April 2018

The Progress Report provides 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.

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Portsmouth Local Area SEND Inspection July 2019

Inspection of Portsmouth local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from Monday 1 July 2019 to Friday 5 July 2019.

Tel: 02392822251

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Portsmouth Nurture Group Network

The Portsmouth Nurture Group Network was formed after the Portsmouth Inclusion Conference in 2016. A steering group consisting of representatives from the multi-agency behaviour support service, a headteacher, SENCo, pupil and family support worker, senior educational psychologist and the local authority, established a nurture group network across Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth Parent and Carer Board

Portsmouth Parent and Carer Board are a group of motivated and passionate parents and carers, working together with services to make decisions for children and young people. The Board was set up in 2010 to allow parents and carers to be involved in shaping the services available to families in Portsmouth. The Board is made up of up to 15 members representing many of the different needs of families that use services in the city.

Tel: 023 927 34400

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Portsmouth Parent Voice - PPV

Portsmouth Parent Voice is run by parents for parents with a child with an additional or special need and or a disability. Our aim is to have the active involvement of parent carers in the service planning and decision making processes within the local authority, to make them more focused on the needs of the families with disabled children. We also aim to support parent carers to have a voice on how services for disabled children are shaped and delivered locally.

Tel: 07712 439159

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Portsmouth Penguins Swimming Club

Portsmouth Penguins Swimming Club for disabled children, adults, families and carers

Tel: 02393 200 403

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Portsmouth School Nursing Service

The School Nursing Service aims to reduce the inequalities for school aged children and improve health outcomes working collaboratively with other agencies, parents and children and young people.

Tel: 0300 1236629

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Portsmouth SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS)

Portsmouth SEND Information Advice and Support Service is a service available to parent/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities between 0-25yrs and to young people aged 16-25 who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Tel: 0300 303 2000

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Portsmouth SEND Strategic Review June 2017 - March 2018

The SEND Strategic 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.

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Portsmouth Shopmobility

Portsmouth Shopmobility operate a scheme hiring Powered scooters, Power chairs, Wheelchairs and Holiday vehicles to members of the public with limited mobility, whether it be short or long term enabling them to visit shops and leisure facilities and the City. Portsmouth Shopmobility is for anyone, young or old, whether their disability is temporary or permanent. You don't need to be registered as Disabled, or to be a Blue Badge holder to use the scheme.

Tel: 02392 816973

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Portsmouth Teenage Holiday Scheme

The Portsmouth Teenage Holiday Scheme is for young people aged 14 - 18 years, with a mild to moderate learning or physical disability or special educational need, living in Portsmouth. The scheme offers a wide variety of leisure, sport and social activities. It runs during the school holidays.

Tel: 023 9267 1846 / 07857 328 390

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