What is the local offer?

Every council must publish a local offer. This will tell you what support is available for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, and their families. It should include information about education, health and care provision. It will also tell you about training, employment and independent living for young people with special educational needs or disabilities.

We have consulted with parents, children and young people in developing the local offer section and this report sets out details of what they asked for. We are continuing to develop the local offer as documented in the feedback report.  The 2016 'You said, We did, We are going to do' page is available.  We welcome your feedback.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact the Family Information Service by e-mail fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk or telephone 020 7364 6495.

Who is it for?

The local offer is for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities from birth to 25, their parents and carers, and people who work with children, young  people and their families

What is the idea?

The local offer should make it easier to find out what you need to know, give you information about what is available and where to get further information.

The local offer should also make service provision more responsive to local needs.

What does it include?

The local offer includes information on:

  • how children and young peoples’ needs are identified
  • how their needs are assessed
  • the special educational, health and social care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
  • opportunities for training and employment
  • support for independent living
  • how provision is funded
  • leisure activities and support groups
  • where you can find more information, advice and support
  • arrangements for travel
  • the help that is available to resolve disagreements

The full list of what must be included can be found in the SEND Code of Practice Section 4.30.

How can I get involved?

The council must involve children and young people with SEN and disabilities, and parents and carers in preparing and reviewing the local offer. If you would like to comment or get more information, please contact the Family Information Service on 020 7364 6495, or email fis@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Parents who want to be more involved in developing and reviewing the Local Offer can contact East End Parent Carers Together (Tower Hamlets parent/carer forum) email eastendparentcarerstogether@gmail.com or telephone Linda Thomas on 07572 101 512.

Children and young people who want to be more involved in developing and reviewing the Local Offer can contact Jenny Miller email jenny.miller@towerhamlets.gov.uk or telephone 020 7364 7127

The council must report on the comments that they receive about the Local Offer and what action they plan to take.