What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Act places a duty on every Local Authority to publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information on the provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people (from 0-25 years) who have SEN and Disabilities (SEND)
It is a ‘front door’ to information on the SEND provision from the Local Authority, Health, schools and settings and the voluntary sector.
The Local Offer has two main purposes:
o To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available; and
o To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEN, parents/carers, and service providers in its development and review.