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Are you looking for information in your area to support your child with Special Educational Needs (in England)?

Have you seen your Local Offer?

What is the Local Offer?

Your Local Offer is your online information service, containing lots of information in one place about education, health, social care and support in your area for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities or SEND.

Your Local Authority provides your Local Offer and every LA has a Local Offer website.

Do you know about the Local Offer in your area?

Your Local Authority must make sure that everyone has access to the Local Offer, providing the same information in a different way if you need it, so everyone has equal access.

Your Local Offer has two key purposes:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children/young people and those with SEN, plus their parents and service providers in its development and review.

(SEND Code of Practice section 4.2)


How do I find my Local Offer?

All local authorities must have their Local Offer available on their websites, so you should be able to find your Local Offer by going to your Local Authority’s website and searching for ‘Local Offer’.

You can also click on the Local Offer link below for further advice.

http://www.thelocaloffer.co.uk/


What information will be in my Local Offer?

Your Local Offer shows where families can find SEND information, advice and support, such as:

  • broad range of information about the support the Local Authority has available, such as speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.
  • Types of educational settings, such as local nurseries, schools, colleges and services to support children and young people with additional needs,
  • Information about SEN Support in mainstream settings and Education Health and Care assessments (EHCA) should be available.
  • Transition and training options in preparation for adulthood.
  • Transport arrangements.
  • Details of out-of-school clubs and Short Breaks information and advice.
  • Other useful services outside of the Local Authority, such as specialist hospitals or colleges.

Your Local Offer should be reviewed regularly to make sure the information is up-to-date.


Is my Local Offer good for my child’s condition?

Parents and carers are invited to give feedback about their Local Offer.

Decide on three important questions to help you to support your child, related to their additional needs.

You may want sleep training or continence advice, specialist social care or support groups in your area.

  • Then search for those topics on your Local Offer, using the Search Box.
  • Did you find what you wanted?
  • Was it easy to find and to understand?
  • If you answer ‘Yes’ to those questions then your Local Offer is working well.

If you answer ‘No’ to those three questions then you should let your Local Authority know.


How do I give my opinion of my Local Offer?

You can tell your Local Authority what you think by ‘submitting’ or ‘giving feedback’ by using tabs or buttons at the top or bottom of Local Offer pages.

You can read comments about your Local Offer by clicking on ‘Comment on the Local Offer’ at the bottom of a page, which takes you to feedback from other parent carers in your area.


Your Local Offer Checklist

  • Make a list of services you want to find out about
  • Find your Local Offer
  • Search on your Local Offer
  • Send feedback to your Local Authority

Do you want to know more? Click on the links below to find the information you need.

·        Government SEND Code of Practice

www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25

·        Contact for Families with disabled children – the Local Offer explained

https://contact.org.uk/media/1163795/local_offer_explained.pdf

·        Mencap’s guide to SEND reforms if you have a learning disability

www.mencap.org.uk/node/77385

·        National Network of Parent Carer Forums

 www.nnpcf.org.uk

·        Shine update on SEN support

https://www.shinecharity.org.uk/mediaccentre/news/2018/02/07/sen-support

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