The Local Offer is a Local Authority’s publication of all the provision “they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.” (Section 4.1 SEND Code of Practice, January 2015)
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
1. To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up to date information about the available provision and how to access it &
2. To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review.
Section 30 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which came into force on 1 September 2014, defines and prescribes the content of a Local Offer.
Local Authorities in England must publish information about
- The education, health and care provision & other training provision it expects to be available in its area at the time of publication for children and young people who have special educational needs or a disability
- The provision it expects to be available outside its area at that time for
- Children and young people for whom it is responsible &
- Children and young people in its area who have a disability
- Arrangements for travel to and from schools and post-16 institutions and places at which relevant early years education is provided;
- Provision to assist in preparing children and young people for adulthood and independent living relating to
- Finding employment
- Obtaining accommodation
- Participation in society
The local offer should also set out how to access specialist services, how to complain or appeal and plans for transition to adulthood.