Get involved with the Local Offer

Published Friday, 27th September 2019

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Children and young people who live with special educational needs and disabilities and their families are being encouraged to help the Council spread the word about important services.

The Local Offer is a national requirement designed to put all the information children and young people up to the age of 25 living with special educational needs and disabilities, their parents or carer, might need about relevant help, advice, products and local services.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is in the process of refreshing the Local Offer website pages and would like input from any individual or local business which has an interest.

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “We really want the involvement of the people who will be using these pages to access information. The Local Offer was introduced as a way of the public accessing reliable and relevant information about local services regarding special educational needs and disabilities. But the website is only as good as the information we are provided with.

“I would encourage young people, parents, carers and businesses to become champions for the cause and have an active role in redesigning the new website pages and information, so we can be sure we are providing what is wanted and needed to the residents of Southend.”

If you want to become involved, please email