About the SEND local offer
A local offer gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support services will be available in their area. The name 'local offer' was given by the government.
Every local authority must talk with children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families to find out what sort of support and services they need. There will be many different types of services that children and young people may need, including support services in school and specialist health services.
Children, young people and their families may also have ideas about what leisure activities should be available, and what services are needed to help young people move towards independence in adulthood.
Every local authority must have a local offer that is available on the internet and must make sure that people without access to the internet can also see it. The local authority must tell children and young people and their families how they can find out more about the local offer. The local authority will then decide what services to make available.
Every local authority must get feedback on its local offer from young people and their families. They must show what feedback they have been given and say how they are going to make improvements to the local offer and services.
A local offer should also include information about what transport services are available for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and if there is any help available to pay for these services.
Our community directory
There are many voluntary organisations, support groups and advice charities active in Kent that can help you, often for free.
Our community directory is available for anyone to find advice, support and help they need.
You should always check that the service or organisation meets your own requirements by contacting them directly. We do not carry out checks on individual providers, services and events on your behalf.
For businesses, groups or charities who would like to advertise their details on our community directory you can register online alternatively, if you already have an account you can sign in to update your record.