The Local Offer
Every local authority must publish a Local Offer. The Local Offer tells you what support the local authority expects to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.
It must include information about education, health and care provision. It should also tell you about training, employment and independent living for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
The Local Offer is for:
- children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities from birth to 25
- their parents and carers
- practitioners and professionals
The Local Offer should:
- make it easier to find out what you need to know
- give you information about what is available
- tell you where you can get further information
The Local Offer should also make services more responsive to local needs.
The SEND Code of Practice says that the Local Offer should:
provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it
make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review (4.2)
Information it includes
The Local Offer includes information on:
- how children and young peoples' needs are identified
- how their needs are assessed
- the special educational, health and social care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
- opportunities for training and employment
- support for independent living
- how provision is funded
- leisure activities and support groups
- where you can find more information, advice and support
- arrangements for travel to and from school and other settings
- the help available to resolve disagreements
The Local Offer must also tell you about services provided outside your area which local people are likely to use.
You can find the full list of what must be included in the SEND Code of Practice section 4.30.
The local authority must involve children and young people with SEN and disabilities, and parents and carers in preparing and reviewing the Local Offer.
Parents who want to be more involved in developing and reviewing the Local Offer can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and young people who want to be more involved in developing and reviewing the Local Offer can contact the children's rights team, tel: 01629 535787.
The local authority must publish what children, young people and parents tell them about the Local Offer. It must also say clearly what it will do about the comments it has received.
Further information, advice or support
- Local Offer
- chapter 4 of the SEND Code of Practice tells you more about the Local Offer
We can also give you:
- information and advice about SEN and disability support and provision
- more information about local services, organisations, and resources which might help
- advice and support to get more involved
Contact us if you need further help or advice.
Links to other, useful websites
Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service for Special Educational Needs and Disability (DIASS) is not responsible for the content of any websites that are listed here.