The 'Local Offer'
What is a Local Offer?
The Children and Families Act 2014 states that local authorities will be required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0-25. This is the local offer.
The intention of the local offer is to improve choice and transparency
for families. It will also be an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
A further key role for the local offer will be to inform the joint commissioning for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities by setting out in a single place what is available locally.
The local authority must work together with children and young people, parent carers and with local services, including the voluntary and community sector, to develop their offer and keep it under review. This is co-production.
The Local Offer must include information about the provision the local authority expects to be available in its own area for children and young people with special educational needs and outside of its area for the children and young people for whom it is responsible, regardless of whether or not they have Education, Health and Care Plans.
The Local Offer will cover:
• education, health and care provision for children and young people with SEN (which should include information about its quality and the destinations/outcomes achieved by those who use it);
• arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEN, including arrangements for requesting an EHC needs assessment;
• other education provision (outside of schools or colleges such as sports or arts provision);
• training provision, including apprenticeships;
• arrangements for travel to and from schools, post 16
institutions and early years providers;
• support to help children and young people in moving between phases of education and to prepare for adulthood;