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
Our Local Offer provides information on the provision and support available for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in North Lincolnshire.
Changes to the SEND law made it a requirement for all local areas to publish this information since 1 September 2014 in a variety of ways, including a dedicated website like ours.
Our Local Offer has been co-produced with our local Parents’ involvement and Participation (PIP) Forum as well as taking on board feedback we have received from parents and carers and young people themselves.
What support and provision is covered under the Local Offer?
The purpose of the website is to provide information across education, health and care, as well as a range of other areas such as:
- Early years
- Education Health and Care plans (EHC) and other assessments such as SEN Support
- Information, advice and support for families
- Financial support
- Moving into adult life, including work and housing
This video produced by the Council for Disabled Children and the Department for Education gives more information on the Local Offer.
Thank you to the Council for Disabled Children© and the Department for Education© for permission to use these videos.
Why is it needed?
In the past, many families and professionals working with children and young people with SEND found it difficult to get the information about the support and provision that was available in a local area. Therefore, this was made a requirement through the Children and Families Act 2014 (Clause 30) and the SEND Code of Practice (Chapter 4)
North Lincolnshire's Local Offer
We have taken on board feedback received so far so that this website is easy to use. We have made changes so that North Lincolnshire's Local Offer website provides tailored information for children and young people, parents and carers, and professionals. In addition, the support and provision that is available has been grouped into the following age phases as shared with us through feedback.
- 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:
- Getting Around
- Preparing for Adulthood
The information we provide covers early years settings, schools, colleges, care and health services. Early years settings, schools and colleges provide their own Local Offer, and give more detailed information on the way they support pupils with SEND. This information is provided on the relevant pages for each school and college as part of this Local Offer website, including direct links to their SEN Information Report on their websites.
How will it help me?
The Local Offer:
- Makes it easier to find out what you need to know
- Helps you to find the most suitable services
- Helps you to ask the right questions
- Helps you to provide feedback about what is needed
- Helps you to raise concerns, resolve disagreements, or make a complaint
Do you have any booklets or leaflets on the Local Offer to download?
Our local SENDIASS has produced this Guide for parents and carers on the Local Offer. They have also produced this Easy Read Guide. We have also produced this Local Offer leaflet.
How can I provide feedback and shape the Local Offer?
We have been consulting with a wide range of people to prepare and to further shape and refine our Local Offer. We know that the Local Offer has evolved and changed over time to meet the needs of our local communities.
To ensure that North Lincolnshire's Local Offer continues to meet 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 included, please complete 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
Alternatively you may wish to forward your suggestions or comments directly. If so, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or provide feedback by rating our website and providing comments should you wish to.
We regularly hold consultation events, many of which are co-produced with our local PIP Forum. In addition to publicising these events to parents and carers, either directly by or through schools, we also publicise these events on this website. Please do join us as your feedback is important to us.
What feedback and consultation activities have been taken by the local authority to further shape and refine the Local Offer since 2014?
Every year we gather feedback and outline the consultation activities that have taken place in relation to the Local Offer. We publish these as annual reports on the Local Offer ‘You Said, We Did’.
Our third Annual Local Offer ' You Said, We Did' report sets out how we have done this for the past year 2016-2017. Previous annual reports are also available to read.
View the 2015-2016 report here.
View the 2014-2015 report here.
Is there any guidance on producing the Local Offer?
The SEND Code of Practice published in July 2014 includes detailed information (Chapter 4 'The Local Offer'), as well as the Special Educational Needs Local Offer Regulations (Clause 30). These set out what must be included in the Local Offer. They 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.
What about the Local Offers of neighbouring local authorities?
We know that many families need information on the Local Offer of neighbouring authorities, especially if they need to access provision that is not available locally. Details of our neighbouring authorities are:
What other ways can I access Local Offer information?
For those who do not have access to the internet, the SEND team can:
- print out pages from the Local Offer
- talk through the information by telephone
- talk through the information at face-to-face meetings
Tel: 01724 297148