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About SEND and the Local Offer

What does SEND mean?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Children with SEND may need extra help or support, so they can have the same opportunities as others of the same age and achieve their full learning potential. For example, they may need extra help because they have difficulty with reading, understanding, talking, managing their emotions or behaviour, or developing physical skills.

Special educational needs and disabilities can affect a child or young person’s:

  • ability to learn
  • behaviour or ability to socialise and make friends
  • reading and writing
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels
  • physical ability.

A child or young person aged from 0 to 25 years old is said to have special educational needs or disability (SEND) if they:

  • have a learning difficulty or disability which makes it much harder for them to learn than the majority of other pupils of the same age
  • require special educational provision to be made for them because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools

What is the SEND Local Offer?

The SEND Local Offer is all of the education, health and social care services and support that are available to a child or young person aged 0 to 25 years old with special educational needs or disabilities and their family in Devon.

It provides clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision in Devon and how to access it.

It includes:

  • Education – support in early years, schools and college, including transport
  • Health – specialist clinics, support and advice for children and young people with medical needs
  • Social care – support for personal care and practical assistance, short breaks, direct payments and personal budgets
  • Transitions – moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood
  • Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) – the statutory EHCP process explained, including applying for a plan, transfers and reviews
  • Information, advice and support – where to get impartial and confidential information, advice and support

It also allows children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, their families, and service providers to get involved in reviewing and developing services and support in order to make the offer more responsive to local needs and aspirations.