A Local Offer is a description of the provision made available by local authorities for children and young people from 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Every Local Authority is bound by law to publish this information in one place. This month, after extensive trialling, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has launched a new Local Offer website to ensure that their comprehensive range of information and resources are easily accessible.

The purpose of the Local Offer is:

• to provide clear, easy to understand, accurate information on services and how they can be accessed so parents/carers and young people can see clearly what is available.

• to show what is available at various stages of the SEND journey.

• to make the local provision more responsive to local needs by directly involving children and young people with SEND, their parents and carers and service providers in its development and review.

The modern and accessible website has been designed by ESSC in collaboration with parents, carers and professionals. The site can be accessed at https://isend.eastsussex.gov.uk. It includes new illustrations and features such as audio readers for every line of text. 

Councillor Bob Standley, Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability, says: “The new website provides all those who support children and young people with SEND with a ‘one-stop shop’ where they can easily find welcoming and accessible information about the East Sussex Local Offer in one place and find out more about the SEND services and support available locally.”

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