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The Local Offer explained

The Local Offer Explained

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Our Local Offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support is available in the local area.

It will help parents, carers and young people to see clearly the range of services, support and information that are available in their local area and understand how to access them.

See the video below to find out more:

The Local Offer is made up of advice, guidance and a directory to help you find services.

Visit the Local Offer homepage to find out more. 

Finding services

Visit our find services web page to search for services.

Local OfferTo help you in your search look out for the Local Offer logo.

You can find information about: 

  • Benefits and financial guidance
  • Health
  • Schools and education
  • Leisure and activities
  • Special educational needs
  • Short breaks
  • Support groups
  • Transport

How to video

The video below is a quick guide to using our Local Offer:

If you don’t have internet access you can:

  • Is our Local Offer easy to use?
  • Can you find the information you need?
  • Was there a service you were looking for but could not find?

Help us improve the information on the website and the services we provide by visiting our Local Offer survey to give us your feedback.

Since the Children and Families Act came into force on the 1st September 2014 we have been receiving feedback on the Local Offer website and directory contents.

View our annual summary page to find out the actions that we have taken, following this feedback.

The Children and Families Act (2014) introduces changes to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system:

  • A new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to replace the statement of special educational needs
  • School action and school action plus to be replaced by a new school based category, 'SEN support'
  • A new SEN Code of Practice
  • Personal budgets for those with an education, health and care plan
  • Mediation for parents going to Tribunal
  • Individual Action Plans will no longer be used

What does this mean for young people and their families?

  • Putting the child or young person and their family at the centre of the process
  • Children’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) are picked up early and support is put in place quickly
  • Greater control for parents and young people over the services they use
  • Parents know what they can expect their pre-school, school, college, local authority, health services and local services to provide
  • Practitioners have the knowledge, understanding and skills to provide support for children and young people who have SEN, or are disabled
  • Children and young people are encouraged to have raised hopes about what they can achieve in learning and for life
  • For more complex needs, practitioners will work together with families. This can lead to a single Education, Health and Care Plan that can be in place from birth to 25

Find out more

Useful websites and resources which go into more details about the SEND reforms:

Following the implementation of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms in September 2014, the government has asked the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to find out how well the new law is working and to say what more needs to be done.

Ofsted is best known for inspecting places where children and young people go to school or college to make sure they are getting the best possible education.

The CQC inspect and regulate health and social care services, such as hospitals, GPs and care homes.

Ofsted and CQC inspectors will visit local areas and will look at:

  • how good the area is at finding out what special educational needs and disabilities young people have
  • how good the area is at meeting young people’s special educational needs and disabilities

The SEN Inspections will take place from May 2016, and will run over a period of five years.

You can find out more by reading:

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