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)
- 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.