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Local Offer: The Disabled Children’s Register and West SEND News - WNC

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The Disabled Children's Register (DCR) is a database of young people (aged 0 to 25) living in West Northamptonshire with disabilities.

The duty of local authorities to carry out the "maintenance of a register of disabled children" is part of the Children's Act 1989 (chapter 41, Schedule 2, Part I).

The DCR only includes information about disabled children that parents or carers supply voluntarily. The local authority does not include children on the database without parental consent.

In West Northamptonshire, the Disabled Children's Register used to be called the Special Needs Index (SNIX).

What is the Purpose of the Disabled Children's Register?

The DCR helps the local authority plan services for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

Who Will Have Access to Your Child's Information?

Statistical information will be provided to commissioning managers in the Northamptonshire Children's Trust and West Northamptonshire Council. They will use it to identify gaps in service provision and plan services. Information provided for these purposes never identifies individual children.

The DCR registration updates your child's existing local authority record. Forms are processed by the Local Offer Team.

How to Join the Disabled Children's Register

Complete this online form: Join the Disabled Children's Register.

The DCR Newsletter

The Local Offer team creates a newsletter for families on the Disabled Children's Register. It currently comes out three times a year. 'West SEND News' provides information about:

  • special educational needs and disability services
  • resources
  • training
  • early years
  • groups, clubs and activities

The print version of the newsletter is one of the ways the Local Offer is made available for people who are not online.

Only families on the DCR can receive the printed newsletter. However, there is an email version that is open to everyone (including professionals). To sign up, visit Subscribe to West SEND News.

Submit an Article for West SEND News

If you'd like to advertise your organisation, submit a personal story, or have an article published in the newsletter, please send the details to [email protected].

  • Brackley Area
  • Daventry Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Additional languages
Translation and/or Interpreting Available on Request
Age range
Suitable for ages from 0 to 25 years
Referral route
Self Referral
For people with
Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Age Range - Early Years
  • Age Range - Adulthood
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Provider category
  • Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support
  • Targeted Services - Additional Support Needs


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United Kingdom


Publication on the Local Offer does not endorse a provider, so please take reasonable steps to ensure that any service found on the Local Offer is suitable for your family member. For more information, please read our disclaimer.

Last updated 22 March 2024