You said, we will

We have been working with families to identify improvements that need to be made to the Newham local offer.

An updated and improved local offer will be available later in spring 2019. We will involve parents and young people at every stage of review and development.

You said We will

"I am concerned that in your Local Offer no mention is made of either ABA or EIBI as potential options for children with ASD, nor is there any reference to the basis/criteria on which any such provision would be made. Both ABA and EIBI are highly effective approaches when addressing the difficulties that ASD can present. Moreover, I am aware of children with ASD within the area of the Local Authority who actually receive these therapies, either privately funded or with some state funding."

 

ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Statement

ABA is a technique or intervention that has been developed from a branch of science called behaviour analysis. Different interventions and support have been developed to help autistic people manage their condition and help them reach their full potential.

There is often not a clear agreement or a shared understanding about the effectiveness of some therapies and it can be difficult to make decisions about which approach is right for each person. We believe that young people and parents / carers should have access to a range of information and choice about evidence based interventions and support for themselves or their children.

Find out more about therapies and interventions including ABA​

 

Help us develop the local offer

Our work on the Local Offer will continue. We will be holding regular drop-ins and talking to parent forums and groups of young people to find out your views on the Local Offer. If you want to get involved, email us: Local.Offer@newham.gov.uk

Feedback and our responses prior to 2019​

We have been working with families to identify improvements that need to be made to the Newham local offer.

You said We did
​“Information on how to appeal should be visible” We will add information on how to appeal across education, health and social care to the existing appeals and complaints page.

​“Too many search results are given and those which are most relevant to the search should appear at the top of the results – e.g. ranked as most relevant in the same way that websites such as Google do!”

We are introducing more generic categories which relate better to the services actually provided by organisations. For example a category of ‘EHC plan support, information and guidance’.

​“Some entries are inaccurate”

We have approached all of our providers and agencies included in our directory of services asking them to review their entries.

​“A better choice of activities that your children can take part in”

 A range of holiday and after school provision is now available, taking into account your feedback and comments. A calendar of short breaks activities is available on our Whats's On page.

​ ​“There needs to be a separate (or more easily found) section on holidays and after school/college clubs. There needs to be a specific eye catching box on the home page which links users straight to after school and holiday clubs.”

A page on after school and holiday clubs already exists but we recognise it needs to be easier to find. We will make this page more prominent.

​“I have received a lot of information in regards to children with difficulties. I have been struggling alone. Not only does my son have problems, we are getting affected.”

As part of our review of the local offer, we are reviewing how information about services are communicated to parents and young people so this is as clear as possible. We are working with Newham Parent Carer Forum and Newham Parent Coproduction to improve support and advice for parents, including a new newsletter which provides regular updates to families.