What is a local offer?

In September 2014, the laws and requirements for services that support children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND) changed.

You can find out more about who is required to do what in:

The five main changes brought about by the SEND reforms are:

  • Families and young people must be at the heart of the process
  • Education, health and social care must work together
  • Services must be available from ages 0-25 - where appropriate
  • Personal Budgets – to offer choice and control
  • Local Offers – relevant information in one place

Local Offer websites have information for families, young people and others e.g professionals working with families affected by SEND.  You can expect local offer websites to:

  • tell you what support education, health and social care services may be able to offer families and young people
  • inform you about changes to SEND services, and explain what the changes mean

You can read more about Local Offers in Chapter 4 of the: SEND Code of Practice 2015

 

Local Offer – who can help

If you have questions or need help understanding how to use the Local Offer or someone to do the searching for you, you talk to the SENCo at your child’s school, or email us at SENDlocaloffer@barnet.gov.uk.

Barnet SENDIASS (SEND Information, Advice and Support Service) can also help guide parents and young people through the local offer.

To find out how Barnet has developed its Local Offer and involved parents so far, take a look at our ‘You Said, We Did’ pages.

 

Neighbouring local offers

You can see neighbouring boroughs’ Local Offer websites by clicking on the links below: