What is the Essex Local Offer?

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What is the Essex Local Offer?

The Local Offer has been published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.

This page provides information about what our Local Offer is, who it is for, and how it can help you. You will also find out how to join if you represent an organisation that provides services to support Essex children and young people.

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What is the Local Offer?

Under the Children and Families Act 2014 each Local Authority was required to publish a Local Offer detailing what provision and services were available in their area for children and young people with SEND by the 1st September 2014. The Local Offer is a living and organic resource that will be developed over time with the assistance of our partners, parents and young people.

The Local Offer will:

  • Give you information about education, health and care services
  • Give you information about leisure activities and support groups
  • Hold all the information in one place
  • Be clear, comprehensive and accessible
  • Make service provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations
  • Be developed and reviewed with the service providers and service users

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Who is it for?

The Local Offer is for:

  • Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
  • Children and young people from birth to 25 years
  • Their parents and carers
  • Practitioners and professionals

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How will it help me?

The Local offer will:

  • Make it easier to find out what you need to know
  • Help you to be less dependent on other people or word of mouth
  • Help you find the nearest and most suitable services
  • Help you to ask the rights questions

If you do not have access to the internet, please visit your local library where they will be able to help you access the internet. Your child’s school may also be able to help you with internet access. The Essex Local Offer has been designed so that it is available to view on a mobile phone or device.

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I am a provider and want to be part of the Local Offer

The Essex Local Offer will continue to grow over time, and if you or your organisation provide a service to children and/or young people aged 0-25 and want to join Essex’s Local Offer (for free), please email essex.localoffer@essex.gov.uk and the SEND project team will send you details of how to enrol.

I am a parent and want to share a service/provider

Do you know of a provider or service that you access in Essex and is currently not on the Essex Local Offer? A service or provider is anybody that offers an activity, advice, information or support to children and young people with a special educational need and their families.

Please email essex.localoffer@essex.gov.uk detailing the organisation or service or use the feedback button on the site and leave the details.

Schools Information Report

In addition to our Essex Local Offer, each Essex School is required by the Children and Families Act 2014, to hold its own individual offer, known as either the Schools Offer or SEN Information Report. This report must include information for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN and admission of disabled pupils. The report must be published and should be located on the schools own website. If you should have any difficulty locating these documents you will need to contact your local school directly as our Essex Local Offer website only holds the website links to the schools information.

ELO Leaflet

You can also help us spread the word. Download our Essex Local Offer leaflet to print off and share with friends and colleagues by clicking here "

Neighbouring Authorities

Map of Essex and its Neighbouring Authorities

We appreciate that some residents in Essex live close to and access services from our neighbouring authorities. Each Local Authority is required to produce its own Local Offer. You can access our neighbours’ Local Offers by clicking here "

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The Local Offer