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What is the Local Offer?

Our vision for children and young people in Sandwell with special educational needs and disabilities is that they will be able to achieve their aspiration for a healthy ordinary life through meaningful employment and fulfilling relationships within the community of their choosing.

To help with achieving this vision the Local Authority has produced, as required by law, a 'Local Offer' which sets out the support they expect to be available for children and young people in Sandwell with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

In order to comply with the law and government guidance the Local Authority must publish, in one place, information about provision it expects to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in its area with SEND, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

The SEND Code of Practice states that the Local Offer has two key purposes:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it, and
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review

The Sandwell Local Offer will very quickly evolve as we work with children and young people, parents and other partners to develop it further.

This video from the Council for Disabled Children gives more information

At the moment the Sandwell Local Offer has information in the following categories