The Local Offer

What is the Local Offer?

Every local authority must publish a Local Offer. The Local Offer tells you what support is available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and their families. It should 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 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.

Who is it for? 

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

What does it include?

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
  • 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 (opens in a new window) Section 4 Paragraph 30.