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  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) - process feedback

    This project aims to do the following; Consult with parents, carers and young people around the processing of request an EHCP Consult with educational providers around the process of requesting an EHCP Consult with parents, carers and young people around the process of the annual…

  • Special Education Needs & Disabilities Team

    If you feel your child is not progressing well enough in school and needs a lot of help or a specialist assessment then you can ask us to undertake an education, health and care needs assessment. The school can also make this request. The first…

  • SEND Local Area - Written Statement of Action

    Thurrock’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Area written statement of action document outlines the commitment of Thurrock Council and Thurrock’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to address the areas of concern which were identified in Thurrock’s Local Area SEND Inspection, which took place 4th-8th of…

  • Thurrock Local Area Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy 2018-2020

    Our vision is that all that all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities across the Local Area access outstanding support in their early years , school, college and at work that enables them to fully achieve their potential and have happy,…

  • Consultation on future SEND provisions and resources - Key Findings, Proposed Developments & Progress

    In December 2017, Thurrock Council began a community-wide consultation with the broad aim of determining localised priorities for investment in buildings, resources and equipment which would ultimately enhance provision and support for children and young people aged 0 – 25 years who (a) had SEND…

  • Single Route of Redress – National Trial

    What is the National Trial? The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a…

  • Personal Budgets

    What is a Personal Budget? A personal budget is one of the ways of giving you more choice and control about the way your child is supported. Sometimes the money being spent on services can be freed up and used in different, more creative ways…

  • Southend, Essex & Thurrock Continuing Care Policy for Children and Young People

    This policy sets out the operational management of Children and Young People’s Continuing Care for NHS Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups delivered by NHS Essex Commissioning Support Unit in partnership with Essex County Council, Southend Borough Council and Thurrock Council.

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Guide to our services

    Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust primarily provides services for 405,000 people living in south-west Essex covering Basildon and Thurrock, together with parts of Brentwood and Castle Point. We provide an extensive range of acute healthcare services at Basildon and Orsett Hospitals, plus…

  • Integrated Commissioning

    A cross service / departmental approach is taken to integrated commissioning that is led by the local authority Children’s Commissioning Service and includes front line services, Public Health and the Clinical Commissioning Group. A framework based on the identified needs sets out the integrated  commissioning…

  • SEND Reforms: Letter from Thurrock Council

    The purpose of this letter is to update you on the changes that are taking place in Thurrock for children and young people with Special Educational Needs / Disabilities (SEND). As many of you will be aware, from September 2014 following the introduction of the…

  • SEND Reforms Explained

    As part of their work, young people's advisory group EPIC created a collection of fact sheets for young people to make sense of the SEND reforms in 2014. Visit the website for more information

The purpose of Thurrock's Local Offer is to allow children and young people in the borough, who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or a disability, to be able to find information in one place. The Local Offer aims to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about what services and provisions are available in Thurrock for parents and young people. The Local Offer is available via the website, in writing and can be requested in additional languages, translation and interpreter service's are available apon request. The Local Offer is also about making services more responsive to local need and aspirations. Contact us if you require more information or have specific access requirements to view the Local Offer.

Telephone 01375 652801 or email us at

Update on The Thurrock Parent Carer Forum (CaPa) 

The Thurrock Parent Carer Forum (CaPa) has recently taken the decision to close and formally ceased to operate as the Parent Carer Forum from the 30th June 2020.  CaPa has provided an excellent service over the past six years in ensuring that Parents and Carers have been engaged across all areas of SEND development in Thurrock and our thanks go to them for all their hard work over this time.

  In these circumstances where a new Parent Carer Forum needs to be established, Local Authorities work with Contact, the National Organisation funded by the DfE to support Parent Carer Forums within local areas. Thurrock Council have met with Julie Singleton the Regional Area representative from Contact and they are in the process of putting in place a Contact Associate who will work to develop a new group who can establish a Parent Carer Forum for Thurrock. This work will include widespread consultation with parents/carers and agencies to ensure that there is engagement from a broad range of parents and carers to form the new Parent Carer Forum. Further details on the arrangements for this process and timescales for this work will be published on the Thurrock SEND Local Offer website. During this time, Contact will be available to respond to any enquiries in relation the new Parent Carer Forum and will work closely with the council and Health organisations to ensure Parents and Carers continue to be engaged in the work on SEND. Julie Singleton from Contact can be contacted via email at

Thurrock Council is keen to seek your views and work together with parents and carers to develop this Local Offer; this survey is intended to assist this process of engagement and your answers will help to inform the development of the site. The information we gather will be fed back to Thurrock Council and will assist us to develop the Local Offer further. We would therefore be very grateful if you could spend a few moments to complete this short survey:

You can find information on how your feedback has shaped the Local Offer in the Local Offer Annual Report which is published every October

Further Thurrock Council Special Education Needs Services & support can be found at

Neighbouring Councils Local Offer Pages:  Havering; Essex ; Kent; Barking & Dagenham : Southend

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