Local Offer – Contents

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The Local Offer must include information about:

  • special educational, health and social care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities – this should include online and blended learning
  • details of how parents and young people can request an assessment for an EHC plan
  • arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people’s SEN – this should include arrangements for EHC needs assessments
  • other educational provision, for example sports or arts provision, paired reading schemes
  • post-16 education and training provision
  • apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships
  • information about provision to assist in preparing children and young people for adulthood (see paragraphs 4.52 to 4.56)
  • arrangements for travel to and from schools, post-16 institutions and early years providers
  • support to help children and young people move between phases of education (for example from early years to school, from primary to secondary)
  • sources of information, advice and support in the local authority’s area relating to SEN and disabilities including information and advice provided under Section 32 of the Children and Families Act 2014, forums for parents and carers and support groups
  • childcare, including suitable provision for disabled children and those with SEN
  • leisure activities
  • support available to young people in higher education, particularly the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and the process and timescales for making an application for DSA
  • arrangements for resolving disagreements and for mediation, and details about making complaints
  • parents’ and young people’s rights to appeal a decision of the local authority to the First-tier Tribunal (SEN and disability) in respect of SEN and provision
  • the local authority’s accessibility strategy (under paragraph 1 Schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010)
  • institutions approved under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014

The Local Offer should cover:

  • support available to all children and young people with SEN or disabilities from universal services such as schools and GPs
  • targeted services for children and young people with SEN or disabilities who require additional short-term support over and above that provided routinely as part of universal services
  • specialist services for children and young people with SEN or disabilities who require specialised, longer term support
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