What is the SEND local offer?

The special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) local offer brings together information that is helpful to children and young people aged 0-25 and their families.

You can access Lancashire's SEND local offer at www.lancashire.gov.uk/send.

If you don't have access to the internet you can get help to access it online at some libraries, Children's Centres and schools or you can call our liaison officers who can give you local offer and provider information.

If you'd like to receive updates from the local offer you can sign up to the FIND database to receive a free newsletter or like us on Facebook.

What's in the SEND local offer

The local offer covers:

  • Public services that are available within education, health and social care 
  • Voluntary and private sector support and services like charities and disability groups, nurseries or youth clubs.
  • Activities for children and young people who have additional needs like cinema screenings for children with specific needs, evening clubs during the week and events throughout the school holidays.
  • Information for young adults to help you make informed choices about things that are important to you like employment and where to live, options after school and transport and social activities
  • Help for parents and carers like independent advice services and who to speak to if you think your child needs extra help

The SEND local offer is not a directory. Its aim is to help you find the material that you’re looking for or to sign post you to somebody who can provide you with additional information or answer any questions that you might have.

It’s also a resource that individuals, groups or organisations can draw on in the work that they do in supporting children, young people and their families, by highlighting other resources, services or guidance that may be accessed.

You can see everything that is in the local offer and filter information by age on the site map.

The SEND local offer is still a work in progress, for more information about what we hope to include in the future see what we're working on.

Why we have developed the SEND local offer

Lancashire County Council, as a local authority, must publish a local offer as part of national special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms; changes to the law for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The guide for parents and carers (external link) has further information about what the local offer is and the changes to the SEND support system which began in September 2014. It should be read alongside the SEND code of practice (external link) which explains what local authorities must provide in their local offer.

How we developed the SEND local offer

Co-production

Co-production is about young people, parents, carers, the county council, NHS and professionals working together to think of creative ways to shape services for children and young people.

All groups should have a say at every stage: planning, design and delivery.
To co-produce the local offer we put together the SEND Reforms Board to represent all of these groups and make sure local offer met all legislation requirements by 1 September 2014.

The work of the board is now continued by a working group of the Lancashire Parent Carer Forum. Information is brought to the group from the local forums and they discuss how we can improve the SEND local offer.

To find out more about co-production and hear how it has worked for other local authorities, watch the co-production video from Contact a Family (external link to YouTube).

Research

To decide how we would respond to the new SEND legislation, we looked at information about the people living in Lancashire and their needs.

Professionals from the council, health, and voluntary sectors gathered this information and made recommendations which will continue to inform decisions about services in Lancashire.

You can read their findings in the joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) for SEND.

Disclaimer

The Lancashire SEND local offer is a free and impartial service provided by Lancashire County Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Lancashire County Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission.

Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service check, safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request. 


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If you support families of children with SEND in Lancashire and want to spread the word about the local offer please distribute our flyer or see how else you can support the local offer.