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