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A message from Sarah Pawson - Local Offer Lead

5 May 2021,

Dear Bradford Council Colleagues and service providers (Inc. SEND voluntary and community sector),

I have worked for Bradford Council for 21 years, therefore this has not been a decision I have taken lightly and I have been considering for some time now.

I have worked in the Bradford Council SEND service since 2015 leading the statutory SEND Local Offer Service, I have been known as the “Local Offer Guru go to person” or “ask Sarah Pawson she is the Bradford Local Offer”. I am proud of what I have achieve during my time in service at Bradford Council and in particular the SEND Local Offer Service, which has been a strength for Bradford. I would like to thank colleagues in services and provisions across education, health and social care, the voluntary and community sector, children and young people and parent carers for developing, co-producing and evolving the Local Offer service with me since 2015. I have always been a believer, that if you listen, work closely and in partnership together with children & young people, parent carers and joint service providers/commissioners, you will get it right for families in terms of service design, delivery/outcome and this is where my passion, determination and development of the Local Offer Service came from.

I have been working within the SEND Services and SEND Transformation & Compliance Team ensuring the Local Offer is co-produced with families, continually developing and evolving the information website using the feedback received from co-production activities with young people with SEND and their parent/carers alongside ensuring the service is complaint with our Local Offer Officer the newest member of the team and the T&C team. I will very much miss working alongside our newest member of the team who is a great asset to the Local Offer website and our SEND T&C team/SEND Services.

I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting and working with children and young people 0-25 Inc. SEND and their families across the Bradford District for such a long time and I am parent myself of a child and a young adult with SEND and life can be tough with many challenges along the way.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all my colleagues at Bradford Council; Primary Schools, Children Centre, Family Centre and SEND services, Inc. colleagues in the SEND voluntary and community sector and I will truly miss you all, way too many to mention you all but you know who you are! it will feel so very strange not working at Bradford Council.

I have recently reduced my working hours at the council and this has given me the time to consider work/life/family balance. In this time, I have made the decision to move forward to spend more quality time with my family whilst opening up myself up to new opportunities and a new business venture that works around my family life whilst still being able to support families, children and young people with SEND.

I wish you all farewell and the very best! My last working day will be 2nd June 2021

Sarah Pawson,
SEND Local Offer Lead
Bradford Council SEND Transformation & Compliance Team

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.