From September 2014 all local authorities in England must publish their ‘local offer’. This is information about what provision is available for children and young people aged 0-25 with SEN or disability.
The local offer will be on your local authority website. It must include:
- Education, health & care provision for children and young people with SEN including information about its quality and the outcomes and destinations of those who use it
- Arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEN including arrangements for requesting an Education, Health & Care (EHC) needs assessment
- Other education provision
- Training provision, including apprenticeships
- Travel arrangements to and from school, post 16 Institutions and Early Years providers
- Support to help children and young people to move between places of education (e.g. from early years to school, from primary to secondary schools) and to prepare for adulthood
- Sources of information, advice and support in the local authority area relating to SEN, including information provided under clause 32 of the Children and Families Act, forums for parents and carers, support groups, childcare and leisure activities
- Arrangements for making complaints, resolving disagreements, mediation and parents and young people’s right to appeal to a tribunal regarding a local authority decision
Each local authority also offers Independent Advisors to help parents with the transfer of statements to EHC Plans. Your local advisor can be found listed on the CDC website.
How can I access the services in my Local Offer?
The services in the local offer are for all children and young people with SEND. You do not need to have a statement of Special Educational Needs, learning difficulty assessment or Education, Health & Care Plan to be able to use the services.
Each service in the local offer should explain how the service can be accessed and the eligibility criteria.
If you or your child are not able to access the support you need, you can use your local authority complaints procedure to complain to the local government ombudsman.
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