The Local Offer

Cornwall’s online SEND Local Offer is in the process of being updated. Completion is planned for 30 November 2017

Your feedback on the current layout of the Local Offer site is welcomed

What is the Local Offer?

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The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) regulations, associated with the Children and Families Act 2014, state that local authorities must publish a Local Offer.  The Local Offer must set out, in one place, information about the expected education, health and social care provision available for children and young people who have SEND, including those who do not have statements or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

The regulations also state that 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 

Cornwall’s Local Offer includes all the support that is available to children and young people in Cornwall (aged 0–25) with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) and their families. The majority of the support described is based in Cornwall but the Local Offer also includes links to provision that is available in other counties when such provision is not available in Cornwall.

The Cornwall Local Offer:

  • sets out in one place the support and provision that is available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families
  • describes provision and support for children with a statutory  Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) and those with a non-statutory Special Educational Needs support plan
  • is published by the Care and Support in Cornwall and can be found on their website.  If families do not have internet access at home, facilities are available for public use at local libraries or One Stop Shops. Alternatively the Family Information Services can be contacted on 0800 587 8191
  • enables children, young people and their families to make informed choices about support and provision
  • is used to review and develop provision in Cornwall

View the Local Offer

Young people and parent/carers have co-produced, and will continue to co-produce, Cornwall’s Local Offer.

This has been facilitated through development days, task and finish groups, forums and conference workshops.

The principles below were agreed at the beginning of the process. 

The principles that underpin Cornwall’s Local Offer

The Cornwall’s Local Offer is:

  • Co-produced with families
  • Holistic - includes health, education, social care and the voluntary sector
  • Accessible
  • Realistic and sustainable
  • Empowering and transparent
  • Used to ensure equality of opportunity
  • Current and informative

The Local Offer will continue to evolve and expand as it responds to the needs of the community.

Children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers are invited to comment on Cornwall’s Local Offer by emailing

The three areas for comment are:

  • the content of the Local Offer, which includes the quality of existing provision and any gaps in the provision,
  • the accessibility of information about the Local Offer,
  • how the Local Offer has been/is being developed or reviewed

The comments will be published four times a year and will be anonymous. They will be published in a ‘you said – we did’ format.

The provision making up the Local Offer is also evaluated through reviews such as the:

  • SEN provision review
  • CAMHS transformation review
  • Children’s and YP’s autism review.
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
  • Preparing for Adulthood (transition) protocol review.

Cornwall’s Local Offer includes the services, support and provision requested by families as well as those listed in the SEND Code of Practice.

It will include support from:

  • universal services such as schools and GPs 
  • targeted services for children/YP with SEND who need short-term support that is over and above that provided by universal services 
  • specialised services for children and young people with SEND who require specialist and long term support. 

Support and provision listed in the Children and Families Act 

  • Where to get impartial Information, Advice and Support
  • Information about education and training provision for children and young people with SEND (in early years settings, schools and FE colleges)
  • Other educational provision – music therapy, etc
  • Apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internship
  • Support available for young people in higher education
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • The Education, Health and Social Care statutory assessment and planning process
  • Personal budgets
  • Travel from home to and early years setting, school or college
  • Transition of Statements of SEN to Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Arrangements for resolving disagreements
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Local Authority support services
  • Leisure activities
  • Health service

To support families, children and young people with SEND without access to the internet settings, schools and colleges support families by making their IT facilities available for this purpose, the Family Information Service is available to talk with families and young people about aspects of the Local Offer and download, print and post small amounts of information. The Family Information Service can be contacted at 0800 587 8191.

In addition Cornwall Library Service is supporting the Local Offer by encouraging families, and young people with SEND to access the internet using the IT that is available in the majority of their centres.

Find your local library with details of facilities, opening hours and full address.

People with SEND are entitled to:

  • free loans of talking books and CDs
  • free reservations
  • concessionary rates on library charges
  • Use of PC is free 60 minutes per day, with no extension; then £1.80 per hour (non-members £3.60 per hour)
To access the above the family or young person has to complete the Access membership form and get it signed by their doctor, optician or another professional such as a social worker or teacher who can confirm that you are eligible for Access membership. They must take their completed form to the local library. If they are not already a library member they must also take along some proof of their name and address.   Information on how to join your local library.