What is the Local Offer?

From September 2014, in accordance with the Children and Families Act, all local authorities must publish and review information about services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are aged from 0 to 25 years, which will be reviewed annually.

The aim is to improve the Special Educational Needs system, enhance the quality of life for families living in the local area and ensure the best outcome for children and young people.

Swindons Local Offer website will highlight the full range of support and services available; some of these will be Council services, some will be independent and others will be collaborative. The information should be easily accessible and in enough detail to enable families to make the best choices for their children.

Having set out what is available for children, young people and their families, the Council is then required to annually gather feedback on the range and quality of support on offer. Swindon Borough Council will publish a summary of this feedback and a response about what will be done differently as a result.

It is very important for parents, children and young people to be involved in developing this local offer, so all feedback and suggestions about services and the website will be considered carefully.

What Will the Local Offer Include?

The Local Offer will include information on the following:

• Accommodation
• Childcare
• Education
• Health and Social Care
• Leisure Activities & Short Breaks
• Personal Budgets
• Preparing for Adulthood
• Respite Care
• Support Services
• Training and Employment
• Transport

If you would like to learn more about what the SEND reforms will mean, please click here

If you would like to learn more about the Children and Families Act 2014 relating to children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, please click here

SEND Guide for Parents
and Carers





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