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A new council document is being drawn up to help young people with special educational needs.

Those with special education needs and disabilities, their parents and carers are being asked to get involved in new plans that will set out more clearly what services are available and how to access them.

North Tyneside Council is bringing together all the information about services on offer for children and young people from birth to 25 who have special educational needs.

Known as the ‘local offer’ it will be completed by next September and will give families a clear understanding of the up-to-date services available locally to them and how they can be accessed.

The council wants to involve parents, carers and young people in the design and development of the offer.

Officers are planning wide-ranging discussions and is arranging drop-in sessions and meetings at various places throughout the borough as well as a web-based consultation and talks with various groups of parents and carers on local various groups.

The local offer will include information on education, health, social care, transport, independent living, employment and training, and leisure activities.

Parents, carers and young people who would like to get involved and have ideas about what should be included can contact the children’s disability team by e-mail at childrensdisability.team@northtyneside.gov.uk or by phone on (0191) 643 4151.