Welcome to the County Durham Local Offer

We have a wide range of information for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) including services that may help you or your child as they progress from birth to the age of 25.

How to use the Local Offer

To find what you need, you can select a topic or age category. You can also search by keyword(s) and/or postcode/location. You can narrow (filter) results, show results on a map, or even add results to a shortlist to tailor them to your child and family's needs. Further details about your search can be found on our useful SEND information for parents and carers page. We have Local Offer help videos available in English, العربية, 普通話, Polski.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Visit the 'For families' section which has additional information and services. If you still can't find what you are looking for, please contact us to let us know.

Education, Health and Care Plans and assessments

Find out about Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans and assessments. An EHC plan is a legal document that replaces Statement of Special Educational Need and Learning Difficulty Assessments.

Children and Young People’s SEND Promise for County Durham

Find out about the SEND Promise for County Durham - a children and young people's charter for SEND covering education, health, activities, employment and more.

Have your say

We want to make our Local Offer right for you! We are continually working with local partners, parents, carers children and young people to develop the Local Offer. If you would like to let us know what you think, please:

Find out more on our Local Offer - feedback, development and review page.

High Needs Review and the Special Provisions Fund

In January 2018, we completed a strategic review of high need provision for children and young people aged (0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), who live in County Durham or are looked after by Durham County Council. The final review report has been published which identifies some recommendations - find out more on our High Needs Review and the Special Provisions Fund page.

Did you know?

There’s also the Children and Young People's Network, a free register for 0-25 year olds with SEND. Register for free to receive a membership card that offers discounts across the region.

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