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What is a local offer?

From September 2014, each local authority in England has to publish a Local Offer for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years who have a special educational need or disability.

The purpose of the Local Offer is to provide a single point for information to help families access details about services available to them and offer guidance in multiple areas, such as:

  • Early years places
  • Schools (including academies and free schools)
  • Colleges
  • Health and care
  • Leisure activities.

The Local Offer also includes guidance for parents when they need to speak with practitioners and professionals and information on giving feedback, raising concerns and making complaints.