What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Bill was enacted on 1st September 2014. This means that Local Authorities will be required to publish and keep up to date information about services from Education, Health and Social Care in their area which they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0 -25. This is the 'Local Offer'.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice, flexibility and transparency for families and to help them have more control over services by setting out the local provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families.
The Local Offer gives information to parents of children with, and to young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities between the ages of 0-25, in a single place. It will help them to understand what services they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. It will also be an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
The Local Offer clarifies what provision is normally available from early year’s settings, schools (including academies), independent and free schools, colleges and other services including health and social care.
We know that the journey through education, health and social care is not always easy to understand, especially if you have a child or young person with SEN and/or a disability. The local offer is a guide to relevant advice and information to help find the right support you need to make the right decisions and to plan for the future.
For more information visit:
There is also a news bulletin from the Lancashire SEND Partnership on activity taking place across the region:
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