The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (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.

Lancashire Local Offer

The Children and Families Bill was enacted on the 1st September 2014. This means that Local Authorities will be required to publish and keep up to date information about services from Education, Health and Social Care in their area, which they expect to be available for children and young people with educational needs (SEN) aged 0 – 25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice, flexibility and transparency for families and to help them have more control over services by setting out the local provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability and their families.

The Local Offer clarifies what provision is normally available from early year’s settings, schools (including academies), independent and free schools, colleges and other services including health and social care.

We know that the journey through education, health and social care is not always easy to understand, especially if you have a child or young person with SEN and/or a disability. The local offer is a guide to relevant advice and information to help find the right support you need to make the right decisions and to plan for the future.

The SEND Local Offer brings together information that is helpful to children and young people aged 0 – 25 and their families.

Useful Links

If you want information around support and services on offer for you and your family in West Lancashire, please use Lancashire’s SEND Local Offer:

Other sources of information include:

Family Information Network Directory (FIND)

The FIND database includes information about disabled children and young people up to 25 years old in Lancashire.

Families are invited to submit details about their disabled child or young person to the database, which is used to develop an overview of the needs of disabled children across the county to assist with planning services.

The FIND service is strictly confidential – no individual information about any children or their families is shared with anyone.

Every family recorded on the FIND database receives a quarterly newsletter free of charge to help them keep informed about services and support which may be relevant.

For more information, click here.

POET (Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool) Launch

Lancashire County Council  is inviting all CYP, parents/carers and practitioners that have experience of the EHCP process to complete the POET feedback survey and Have Their Say.