Every local authority is responsible for publishing a Local Offer and making sure it is clear, comprehensive and accessible for everyone to see. It is the first place to look for information about services, advice and support for special educational needs and disabilities from early years to adulthood.
Thanks to translators from our Ethnic Minorities and Traveller Achievement Service, the introductory video can also be viewed in a number of different languages: YouTube: Wiltshire Council Local Offer Video - Polish translation, YouTube: Wiltshire Council Local Offer Video - Ukrainian translation, YouTube: Wiltshire Council Local Offer Video - Romanian translation, YouTube: Wiltshire Council Local Offer Video - Russian translation and YouTube: Wiltshire Council Local Offer Video - Turkish translation.
To find out more, watch one of Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living Young Pioneers interview the Local Offer Officer.
The Local Offer must include information about what the local authority expects to be available for children and young people who have special educational needs or a disability. This should include information about what is available in the local authority's area, and what it expects to be available outside its area for children and young people for whom it is responsible (for example Looked After Children), and children and young people in its area who have a disability.
Local authorities must also seek feedback about their Local Offer, make this feedback available and report on how they will make improvements in response to feedback.
The Local Offer should include information on:
- other or alternative educational provision
- preparing for adulthood and independent living
- health provision
- social care provision
- SEND service
- support and guidance
If you would like to help share Local Offer information with your community or service users you can download a 'What is the Local Offer' poster by visiting the document section of the SEND service resources page: Right Choice: SEND resource
It became a legal requirement for local authorities to produce and publish their Local Offer in September 2014, as required by the Children and Families Act 2014. Wiltshire's Local Offer has been developed in partnership with parent carers and other stakeholders. We have ambitious aspirations for us Local Offer, as we strive for it to become increasingly comprehensive and user-friendly. We hope to achieve this be regularly reviewing, developing and updating our Local Offer website in partnership with parent carers, young people and other stakeholders.
In 2014, the DfE produced The Local Offer (youtube.com), a video that describes what a Local Offer is.
Policies, strategy and inspections
The services and organisations that are part of the Local Offer are all governed by policies set by the Wiltshire Local Authority, by the Government and by the feedback they received from inspections and service users. To find out more visit our page where you can find Ofsted inspection reports, Wiltshire Council SEND Strategy and more.