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Knowing what we offer gives you more choice and control over what support is right for you or young person.

The Government has asked all local authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND). This is known as the Local Offer and must include information about:

  • Education, health and care provision for children and young people with SEND
  • Arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people’s SEND, including arrangements for requesting an Education Health Care needs assessment
  • Other education provision (educational provision outside of schools or colleges such as sports or arts provision)
  • Training provision, including apprenticeships
  • Support to help children and young people in moving between phases of education and to prepare for adulthood
  • Sources of information, advice and support in the local authority’s area relating to SEND
  • Arrangements for making complaints, for the resolution of disagreements, mediation and parents’ and young people’s right to appeal a decision of the Local Authority to the Tribunal

Useful links for parents and carers:

The IPSEA have produced a helpful guide about EHC needs assessments which can be found here: IPSEA about Education, Health and Care plans.

The Department for Education have also produced a guide on SEN changes in 2014. For further information click here.