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About the Local Offer

What is the Local Offer?

Rotherham’s Local Offer website is here to help parents and carers find support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

All families need extra support from time-to-time. Whether this support is from relatives, friends, community groups, schools, children’s centres, leisure centres, doctor’s surgeries or specialist groups, any additional help can make a valuable contribution and difference to the lives of people who need them.

Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and more control over what support is right for your child.

What is the purpose of the Local Offer?

The Local Offer aims to bring necessary and useful information together in one place, to help children and young people with SEND and their families.

There are two main purposes of the Local Offer:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive information, in one place, on the support and opportunities available locally to children, young people and their families as well as what can be expected from local agencies including education, health and social care.
  • To make services more responsive to local needs which are shaped by you.

The Local Offer will also provide you with all the information you need to help identify the right support to enable your child to participate fully in, and enjoy, learning and achieving their goals.

What does the Local Offer cover?

The Local Offer covers:

  • Education, health and care provision for children and young people with SEND.
  • Arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEND, including arrangements for requesting an Education Health and Care (EHC) needs-assessment.
  • Other education provision (outside of schools or colleges, such as sports or arts) and training provision, including apprenticeships.
  • Respite support and leisure activities.
  • Arrangements for travel to-and-from schools, post-16 institutions and early year’s providers.
  • Support to help children and young people move between phases of education and to prepare for adulthood.

How will the Local Offer help me?

The Local Offer will make it easier for you to find out what you need and what you can to do to support your child.

It will explain how different services are accessed, including any eligibility criteria. This will ensure you can see exactly what support is available to you.

It will also help parents/carers to feedback and challenge when they are concerned that their son or daughter isn’t receiving the right support to meet his/her needs or the provision they had been led to expect is not in place.

Working with parents and carers

The Local Offer is developed and written in co-production with parents/carers, with a view to being reliable and beneficial. Other parents can pass on their personal experiences and knowledge gained from being a parent of a child or young person with SEND needs, to help develop the offer and promote ongoing improvement in services.

Visit the Rotherham Parent Carer Forum website

How can I get in touch?

If you have any comments about the SEND Local Offer, including this website, you can use the online feedback form or email us directly.

Complete the feedback form
Email us