The Local Offer

Local support for children and young people with SEND

Somerset’s Local Offer is more than the name for this website. It is the services and support available locally for children and young people from birth to 25, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Here you’ll find information and signposting on useful topics including education, childcare, health transport, support and preparing for adult life.

We listen to you. The Somerset’s Local Offer is shaped by feedback from parents, carers and young people. Help us to make it better.

About The Local Offer

The information and services on this website are for all children and young people with SEND that the local authority is responsible for, whether or not they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), to help families to make the best decisions.

Somerset’s Local Offer is also an important resource for professionals to support understanding of the range of services and provision for children and young people with SEND across the county.

You can read more about what we aim to do, how we will get there and the rules we are following in the useful documents page. And you can read more about our plan for improving services for children and young people with SEND in Somerset on our Written Statement of Action page.

How is the Local Offer is produced?

Somerset’s Local Offer was first published 1 September 2014. It has been co-produced between Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning, Somerset Parent Carer Forum (SPCF) and young people’s groups in schools and colleges. It was also developed through commissioned activity with Compass Disability.

Some of the principles we work towards are described in Somerset’s Local Offer Accessibility Plan. We now keep it up to date and to make sure it reflects and embeds the needs of service users through a process co-produced with the SPCF and Somerset County Council’s SEND Participation and Engagement Team.

Working with parents and young people

All aspects of services in Somerset’s Local Offer are developed in partnership with parent carers, young people and practitioners in agencies and the voluntary sector. Somerset’s Local Offer empowers parents, carers, young people and practitioners by setting out clearly what can be expected locally, how to access services and where to find more information. We are working more closely with children and young people with SEND and their families to understand and learn from their experiences when formulating strategies to improve the area.

We work directly with parents and carers through:

We work directly with young people through:

Get in touch

Somerset’s Local Offer is reviewed regularly. We encourage all forms of feedback – positive and negative – so that we can continue to develop and improve the website and our offer of services to make sure it remains useful.

You can find out how to give feedback in the ‘How can I include my feedback’ section of our Keeping the Local up to date page

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