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What is the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer?

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer is part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014.

 There are two main purposes for the Local Offer

  • to improve information about services and provision available for families, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and to make it easier for all families to find this information by making it available in one place.
  • that by working directly with families, children and young people on developing the Local Offer,  Local Authorities and Health partners can improve provision.

Lincolnshire’s Local Offer includes leisure and activity providers, health and care services, education providers and support groups.

The Local Offer, as with the rest of the Family Services Directory, is provided to help you find services more easily. You should always check services and activities are suitable for your needs and those of your family.

Who is it for?

The Local Offer is for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their families.

It will also help professionals working with families to find the right information.

Where can I find it?

The Local Offer is available on-line here on the Family Services Directory but you can also contact the Family Information Service and they will help you find what you need, or if you need additional support with the website.

Liaise - Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership)

How can you get involved?

So that we can make sure that Lincolnshire's Local Offer

  • makes it easy for families to find the information they need about provision, and
  • helps develop services and provision that meets local needs

we are working with children, young people and their parents.

You can get involved in a number of ways:

  • Children and young people can tell professionals working with them, as well as their school or college, what they want to know about and how they want to access it
  • Click on the “Tell Us” button on the Family Services Directory to tell us about information you thought was good on the site, or you would like to be able to find and currently can’t
  • Through parent forums which can be accessed via the Support and Aspiration area on www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

We will publish comments about the Local Offer received from children with SEN or disabilities and their parents and young people with SEN or disabilities, particularly if they relate to:

  • the content of the Local Offer, which includes the quality of provision, and any gaps in the provision
  • how easy it is to find information in the Local Offer
  • how the Local Offer has been developed or reviewed

These comments, and our response to them, can be viewed on the You said, We did page.

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