A Local Offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), and their families, information about what support services the council thinks are available in their local area. Councils are responsible for writing a Local Offer and making sure it is available for everyone to see.
Services listed may come from the central government, the council, or the NHS, but others may come from external organisations; charities or businesses.
Being listed in the Local Offer does not necessarily mean the service is endorsed or recommended by the council. It is important to check yourself to make sure the services are suitable for your child’s needs.
What will the local offer include?
The Local Offer should have information about the following types of support for children and young people with SEND:
- Educational support, including nurseries, schools, and colleges
- Health support, including therapies available to a child or young person
- Social Care support, including short breaks and respite
- Support to help young people to live independently
- Support to help young people to find employment opportunities
- Support to help young people find suitable accommodation
Where to find my council’s Local Offer?
Councils display the information about their Local Offer online.
We have listed each of the UK councils with links to their Local Offer website in the boxes below.
Please click on the box for your area of the UK and then select your local authority.
If you are unsure who your council is, you can check by typing your postcode into the Gov.uk council finder here.
Click on the name of your local authority to be taken to their Local Offer information page.
Cambridgeshire County Council
Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council
Barnet London Borough Council
Bath and North East Somerset Council
Bedford Borough Council
Bexley London Borough Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Bracknell Forest Council
Brent London Borough Council
Brighton and Hove Council
Bristol City Council
Bromley London Borough Council
Camden London Borough Council
Central Bedfordshire Council
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West and Chester
City of London Council
Croydon London Borough Council
Derbyshire County Council
Devon County Council
Ealing London Borough Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Sussex County Council
Enfield London Borough Council
Essex County Council
Gloucestershire County Council
Greenwich London Borough Council
Hackney London Borough Council
Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council
Hampshire County Council
Haringey London Borough Council
Harrow London Borough Council
Havering London Borough Council
Hertfordshire County Council
Hillingdon London Borough Council
Hounslow London Borough Council
Isle of Wight Council
Isles of Scilly Council
Islington London Borough Council
Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council
Kent County Council
Kingston upon Hull City Council
Kingston upon Thames London Borough Council
Lambeth London Borough Council
Lancashire County Council
Leicestershire County Council
Lewisham London Borough Council
Lincolnshire County Council
Merton London Borough Council
Milton Keynes Council
Newham London Borough Council
Norfolk County Council
North East Lincolnshire Council
North Lincolnshire Council
North Northamptonshire Council
North Somerset Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Redbridge London Borough Council
Redcar and Cleveland Council
Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council
South Gloucestershire Council
Southwark London Borough Council
Staffordshire County Council
Suffolk County Council
Surrey County Council
Sutton London Borough Council
Telford and Wrekin Council
Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
Waltham Forest London Borough Council
Wandsworth London Borough Council
Warwickshire County Council
West Berkshire Council
West Sussex County Council
Westminster City Council
Windsor and Maidenhead Council
Worcestershire County Council
In Wales the term Additional Learning Needs (ALN) is used rather than the term Local Offer.
Click on the name of your local authority to be taken to their ALN information page.
Blaenau Gwent Council
Bridgend County Borough Council
City of Cardiff Council
Isle of Anglesey Council
Merthyr Tydfil Council
Neath Port Talbot Council
Rhondda Cynon Taff Council
In Scotland the term Additional Support for Learning (ASL) is used rather than the term Local Offer.
Click on the name of your local authority to be taken to their ASL information page.
Argyll and Bute Council
Dumfries and Galloway Council
East Ayrshire Council
East Dunbartonshire Council
East Lothian Council
East Renfrewshire Council
North Ayrshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council
Perth and Kinross Council
Scottish Borders Council
South Ayrshire Council
South Lanarkshire Council
West Dunbartonshire Council
West Lothian Council
Northern Ireland do not have Local Offers. Instead, they have the Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC), who provide independent advice to children and young people with SEND.
- An independent and confidential telephone advice-line service, providing advice and information to parents/carers at all stages of the process for the Assessment and Statementing of Special Educational Needs.
- Written information and guidelines on the Assessment and Statementing procedures both on this website and in print on request.
- Assistance to parents in understanding policies and procedures in relation to their child.
- An individual advocacy service for children and young people and work with parents to facilitate positive communication with schools and assist them to make more meaningful representations of their child’s needs.
- Information on contacting other relevant organisations.
SENAC operates an Advice Line on 028 9079 5779. Further information can be obtained from their website.
The information in this article was correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change
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