SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES (SEND) LOCAL OFFER
What is the Local Offer?
From September 2014 every Local Authority will be required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND); and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This will be known as the ‘Local Offer’.
The Local Offer will put all the information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support groups in one place.
It has two main purposes:
• to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available; and
• to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations.
The Government says that the Local Offer must be developed and reviewed in partnership with children and young people, parent carers, and local services, including early years settings, schools, colleges, health and social care agencies – ‘co-production’.
People and services commissioned by the Local Authority to support children and young people with special educational needs should complete a Local Offer based on a set of questions which have been developed through co-production; within the framework and guidance produced by the South East Seven (SE7) Local Authorities Government Pathfinder: http://www.se7pathfinder.co.uk/.
The following pages are Hampshire County Council’s Services for Young Children, Childcare and Family Information Team Local Offer.