Have your say

Please provide any feedback you have here.

Northumberland’s Local Offer is continually developing and your feedback is important to help us shape the future delivery.

We aim to be approachable, transparent, and constructive to make sure that all views are acknowledged and considered.

The feedback and comments we have received have been recorded, and can be found below, along with our response and subsequent actions.

If you would like to provide feedback with regards to:
  • the services on offer in Northumberland
  • the information we provide
  • general views on Northumberland's Local Offer website
Then please contact us:
Email: thelocaloffer@northumberland.gov.uk.

Your views are important to us.
Could you give your views and help shape services that meet the needs of SEND children and young people?

Northumberland Parent Carer Forum is the new Department for Education recognised parent carer forum for Northumberland. We work with the local authority, health and social care to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Communication is key to what we do. We listen to the experiences and wishes of families and make sure that those views are heard by those providing services, so that we can be part of every stage of planning and decision-making. Wherever possible, we aim to work in co-production.

Facebook at Northumberland Parent Carer Forum. Twitter at @nlandpcf. Email us at northumberlandPCF@gmail.com


You can find them on Facebook, Twitter or can contact via email.


In order to represent the views of children, young people with SEND and their families, we need to hear from as many families as possible.


Please look us up or get in touch.

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Results of the SEND survey: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on children, young people and their families.

Results of the SEND survey: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on children, young people and their families

We carried out a survey between 6 July and the 14 August 2020 to find out about the impact of COVID-19 on children, young people and their families with SEND in Northumberland. We received the largest number of replies to a SEND survey, with 426 families replying and sharing their experiences. Thank you.

The findings show the impact that lockdown has had on family mental health, describe the challenges of home-schooling and the ongoing worry families have about keeping their children safe during the pandemic. The report can be accessed in two formats

SUMMARY REPORT - click here to view the SEND Covid survey summary report.
DETAILED FINDINGS - click here to view the SEND Covid survey detailed findings.

What will happen now?

We have developed an action plan based on what you told us was important and the findings of the survey. You can see our plan by clicking here.

Disabled children and their families are being asked their views on ‘Short Breaks’ as part of Northumberland County Council’s review into the support offer.

Short breaks are currently provided to give a disabled child or young person time away from the family, giving them the opportunity to gain some independence, to have fun with their peers, make new friends and have new experiences. The breaks also offer parents and families a necessary and valuable break from caring responsibilities or to provide them with opportunities to take part in activities or trips together where they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to. 
To take part head click here for the form, or if you wish to access a hard copy of the survey please email Sandra.Blackwood@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 623978. 
Here is a summary of recent comments we have received on the Northumberland SEND Local Offer.

Click here to read the summary of comments we have received on the Local Offer up to January 2020
​Details of children and young people with special educational needs and their family’s feedback about the Northumberland Local Offer are listed below: