What is the SEN Report (Local offer)?
When the Children and Families Bill becomes enacted in 2014 local authorities will be required to publish and review information about services available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25yrs. This is the local offer.
The intention of the SEN Report is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for professionals will inform the joint commissioning for children and young people with SEND by setting out in a single place what is available locally.
The SEN Report must work together with children and young people, parent carers and with local services, including the voluntary and community sector, to develop their offer and keep it under review.
The SEN Report must include information about the provision the local authorities expects to be available in its own area for children and young people with SEND and outside of its area for the children and young people for whom it is responsible.
The SEN Report will need to include:
• special educational provision
• health provision
• social care provision
• other educational provision
• training provision
• arrangements for children and young people to travel to schools, colleges and early years education
Local authorities may have to include:• information on how to seek an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan