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Home What are Special Educational Needs and Disability? What is the Children and Families Act 2014? What is the SEND Local Offer? What is Early Help? What is an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment? Where can I find Independent Help and Support? Key documents for implementing the SEND reforms

What is the SEND Local Offer?

The Local Offer is a way to make it easier for you to find out about services available to children and young people from birth to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Local Offer will:

  • Give you information about education, health and care services
  • Give you information about leisure activities and support groups
  • Hold all the information in one place
  • Be clear, comprehensive and accessible
  • Keep it up to date
  • Involve children, families and service providers in improving the information and services available

The Local Offer is published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014. Within the Children and Families Act 2014, Part 3, there is a duty on all local authorities to publish details of services and provisions in the area available to support families with a child or young person with special educational needs (SEN) and/ or a disability. The Local Offer is intended to be more than just a website or services directory - it must be "co-produced" with local families so it reflects the issues that are important to them, and the information must be accurate, consistent and easy to access.

Why is it needed?

The basic reason for having a Local Offer is to address the concerns expressed by many families and some professionals working with children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities about how difficult they find it is to get the information they need about support and provision available. The Lamb Inquiry in 2009 identified this as an issue and recommended that better information about services, and quality guidance, advice and support should be readily available for families.

What services and providers are covered under the Local Offer?

The Local Offer will cover education - schools, childcare, children's centres and early years' settings as well as colleges. In addition, relevant information will be provided on health and social care services, including opportunities for leisure/sport, housing and transport. It covers the full age range, 0-25 years.

We have been working with families to better understand what information you need and how to give it to you as easily as possible. The key themes which are emerging are:

  • Education 0-25 years
  • Health
  • Social care
  • Education Health and Care plans (EHC) and other assessments
  • Childcare
  • Early years
  • Moving into adult life
  • Parenting support and information
  • Financial support
  • Leisure
  • Transport

North Lincolnshire's Local Offer

Taking on board feedback received so far and to make it easy to use, North Lincolnshire's Local Offer website has been grouped by the following age phases:

  • Early Years 0-5 year olds
  • Primary 5-11 year olds
  • Secondary 11-16 years old
  • Young Adults 16-25 years old

Within each of these age phases, further information is grouped under the following headings:

  • Education, including Childcare and Children's Centres for the Early Years age phase
  • Health
  • Care
  • Getting Around
  • Activities
  • Preparing for Independence for the Early Years age phase and Preparing for Adulthood for the remaining age phases.

We are also in the process of collating useful information from our Local Offer website and providing it in other useful formats for stakeholders who cannot access the website readily. Further details will be provided shortly.

Who is it for?

Our Local Offer is for:

  • Children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities
  • Children and young people from birth to 25 years
  • Their parents and carers
  • Practitioners and professionals

The information we provide covers schools, colleges, care and health services. Schools will provide their own Local Offer, and give more detailed information on the way they support pupils with SEN. This information is provided on the relevant pages for each school as part of this Local Offer website, including direct links to their SEN Information Report on their school website.

How will it help me?

The Local Offer will:

  • Make it easier to find out what you need to know
  • Help you to find the most suitable services
  • Help you to ask the right questions
  • Help you to provide feedback about what is needed
  • Help you to raise concerns, resolve disagreements, or make a complaint

Is there any guidance on producing the Local Offer?

The new SEN Code of Practice (click here) - published in July 2014 includes detailed information (Chapter 4 'The Local Offer') as well as The Special Educational Needs Local Offer Regulations Clause 30 (Click here for pdf) - These set out what must be included in the Local Offer, and explain how the Local Offer is to be published, who needs to be involved in developing it, and how it will be reviewed and services improved.

This film talks about the Local Offer which is part of the new SEND law that came in on 1st September 2014.

Thank you to the Council for Disabled Children© and the Department for Education© for permission to use these videos.

North Lincolnshire Local Offer Survey

We have been consulting with a wide range of stakeholders to prepare our Local Offer. We envisage the Local Offer evolving and changing over the forthcoming year to meet the needs of our local communities.

To ensure that North Lincolnshire's Local Offer meets the needs of children, young people, their families and organisations with an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability, we want to hear what you think about the Local Offer.

Tell us how easy you think it is to use and if you have any comments on the content of the information within by completing our Local Offer survey. The information you provide us with will help us to develop and improve the Local Offer for you in the future.

Please take our survey here

Feedback from the survey

Thank you to those who have taken the time to complete the Local Offer Survey. We will look at the constructive comments that people make and consider how the website could be improved and developed to take account of your views. As we get feedback from users we will be publishing the findings of the survey on a regular basis and outline what we have done as a result.

Alternatively you may wish to forward your suggestions or comments directly. If so, please contact us on special.needssection@

Please also note that there will be further consultation sessions to get your views over the forthcoming year, details of which will be shared on the consultation page of this Local Offer website. Individual services, schools and educational providers will also be consulting with stakeholders to make sure the contents included in their sections of the Local Offer are relevant and of practical use to stakeholders.

Local Offer websites of North Lincolnshire Council's neighbouring Local Authorities

Doncaster's Local Offer

Hull’s Local Offer

Lincolnshire’s Local Offer

North East Lincolnshire’s Local Offer


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