All local authorities working with their partners must publish information about how children and young people 0 - 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported in their area. This is known as the local offer. The local offer includes information on:
- universal services that are available to everyone, such as schools, GPs, (universal services)
- targeted support and services for children and young people who may need some additional, short term support
- specialist services for children and young people who have complex needs and need longer term specialised support
The local offer will develop and improve over time in response to feedback and consultation with parents, carers, children and young people and partners.
Services included in our local offer are developed as part of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and joint commissioning arrangements. Please visit our joint commissioning page for more information, including how decisions about services are made.
The local offer is part of the reforms to support for children and young people with SEND under the Children and Families Act 2014. You can find out more about the reforms in the Department for Education's Guide for Parents and Carers and Mencap's easy read guide.
Local offer annual report
During the year we have worked with parents and carers, young people, providers in Health, the Local Authority, schools and settings and the voluntary sector to review and improve the information.
What information is included in the local offer?
- how early years providers, schools and colleges identify and support children with SEND
- specialist services that support children and young people with SEND
- childcare and funding
- health services and support
- Education, Health and Care assessments and plans and personal budgets
- school and college transport
- schools and college funding for children and young people with SEND
- how local services are planned and delivered (joint commissioning)
- strategies and plans for supporting children with SEND
Young offenders and young people released from custody
Support for young offenders and young people released from custody with SEND is coordinated by the Youth Offending Service (YOS). If a young person is in custody, the YOS Education, Training and Employment Co-ordinator will ensure that a copy of their latest statement or Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan is sent securely to the relevant institution.
Prior to a young person being released from custody, the YOS team will contact the education department of the secure estate to ensure the right kind of support is provided for a good resettlement and smooth transition into education or training within the community.