Training and Development

Welcome to the Training and Development for parents and carers section of the Local Offer website.

Decision making toolkit

This Decision Making Toolkit produced by the Council For Disabled Children is a practical guide to support social workers, health practitioners, school and college staff, parents, carers, families and anyone working directly with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

It is designed to be used in partnership with young people to support them to make their own decisions and to participate as fully as possible in decisions made on their behalf. It includes a template which practitioners can use to support a young person who lacks capacity to go through a best interests decision making process based on the best interests checklist in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice. Available to download below.

Disability matters

Disability Matters have produced a suite of e-learning materials covering a range of topics which are free to use.

The topics included are:

  • Understanding Disability
  • Person to Person
  • Family and Society
  • Decision Making and Growing Up
  • Behaviour and Emotions
  • Health and well-being

Each one of these topics are further broken down into a range of sub-topics. You can access these materials as a guest user or create an online account which means you can access the group training resources, as well as learning packages that are recommended specifically for you.

The e-learning materials are available on the Disability Matters website here

Autism Education Trust

The Autism Education Trust publishes a range of resources for professionals. Parents and carers may also find these resources useful. Further details of these resources are available to view on the Autism education Trust website


Useful documents

The Graduated Approach

The Graduated Approach is for all teaching and support staff in schools. Parents and carers may also find this document useful. The Graduated Approach means that once it has been decided that your child has a special educational need, then an action process (a graduated approach) should begin. The SEND Code of Practice clearly articulates that all teachers are teachers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs. The philosophy of achievement for all pupils is a key factor in the aspiration of North Lincolnshire for its children and young people.

Last modified: February 27, 2024