What is the Local Offer

What is the Local Offer

The Children and Families Act, 2014, Part 3, brought about statutory reforms for children and young people, 0-25, who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Those reforms brought in a new SEND Code of Practice that provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures for young people with SEND.

In Section 4 of the new SEND Code of Practice, it states that, all local authorities must develop and publish a Local Offer with up to date information about the range of services available, in their area, including education, health and social care, for children and young people from 0-25, who have a special educational needs and/or a disability. 

The Local Offer includes services for those children and young people who have the most complex learning needs and have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

It also provides information about the services and provisions for those children and young people who have less complex learning needs but who have additional needs that requires Special Educational Needs Support (SENS).

Dudley's Local Offer has two clear purposes:

1. To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about available services and provisions and how to access them

2. To make services and provisions more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving young people with SEN and disabilities and their parents and service providers in its development and review.

Fact Sheets for further information on the Local Offer 

Developing & Reviewing the LO

In 2013 and 2014, Dudley's Local Offer was developed with young people, parent carers and practioners from different agencies. It was published in September 2014. 

In 2016, The Children and Young People's Alliance and the SEND Reform Board, agreed to prioritise the review and refresh of the current Local Offer . 

In 2016, Dudley was selected to be the West Midlands demonstration site for the Department of Education, Preparing for Adulthood improvement project. Dudley's Local Offer was one area selected for improvement.  As part of the project, it was agreed that Dudley would highlight best practice in working with parent carers and young people. The re-design of the Local Offer would be led by the Parent Carers and the Young people whose views and ideas would be at the forefront of change.

In January 2017, the Local Offer Champions Project Group (LO CPG) was established to take forward the Review, Refresh and Relaunch of Dudley's Local Offer. The LO CPG aimed to develop an accessible and comprehensive Local Offer that was co-produced with practioners, parent carers and young people. Champions were from different services, agencies, schools and colleges. Parent Carers Champions were key members of the project group and young people from different groups, who led on the design ideas and content they wanted to be included within the website. Workshops, Visioning events and questionnaires have taken place that have also influenced changes to the Local Offer.

Workshop presentations

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Feedback, comments and ideas on the Local Offer are always welcome. They will be taken forward as part of the ongoing Local Offer developments and improvements.

Please complete the online form (link) or the one below and return to the....Local offer email address

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