Local Offer - (SEND)

Southend’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer

The Local Offer contains details of provision and support services that are available for children and young people with SEND in Southend and the surrounding areas.

The local offer is hosted on the SHIP - Southend's Children and Families Information Point website.

The Local Offer is published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014 and will be developed and reviewed over time, with the involvement of young people, parents and service providers. All information within the Local Offer is to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a disability (SEND) and their families.

The Local Offer has two key purposes:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up to date information about the available provision and how to access it, and
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review.

The local offer can signpost you to services from the local authority, schools, health and the voluntary sector that are available in Southend for children and young people with difficulties such as Autism, ASD, Asperger’s, Challenging Behaviour, Downs Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Epilepsy, Healing Impairment, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health, Physical Disability, Social Difficulties, Speech and Language Delay, Visual Impairment.

SHIP also has activities and services that any child may access (known as Universal services) and can be found in the main directory.

Page last updated: 20/06/2017