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What is the Local Offer?

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Describing the Local Offer

Welcome to the East Sussex Local Offer.

The East Sussex Local Offer is this website and a directory, which provide information about what support is available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and for their families.

The East Sussex Local Offer consists of:

The Government asks that all local authorities (in our case, East Sussex County Council) provide information as clearly as possible so that parents, carers, children and young people can make informed decisions.

This information must:

Our Local Offer includes SEND services offered internally, from the Local Authority, and external services offered by local and online organisations.

We have created flyers explaining the East Sussex Local Offer that can be shared digitally, or printed and handed out:

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What the Law Says About the Local Offer

There are a number of laws that govern the Local Offer.

The laws were created to ensure that professionals fulfilled their duty to cooperate between services for the benefit of families and young people. This includes:

As part of ensuring all sectors and services are co-operating and working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND, the government has asked Ofsted to carry out local area SEND inspections.

Who Helps Develop Our Local Offer

The East Sussex Local Offer was created, and continues to be designed and developed through a process of consultation with:

The Local Offer Moving Forward

We will need feedback, thoughts and ideas from residents of East Sussex to help continue improving the East Sussex Local Offer. 

Whether you are very experienced in the area of SEND or if you are new to the topic, we really want to hear back from everyone. You can find out how you can share your thoughts with us on our page, Getting the East Sussex Local Offer Right.

Surrounding Counties Local Offer

East Sussex shares borders with Brighton & Hove, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey:

Additional Help and Support


Amaze SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) are a local charity who offer free, independent, and impartial advice for all matters relating to SEND. Contact Amaze SENDIASS:

East Sussex Local Offer directory of services

You can visit our SEND-specific online directory, hosted on East Sussex 1Space, that lists many different services both throughout the county and online. Services include advice, guidance and support groups, activities and events and mental health and wellbeing support among many other topics:

NHS - Health A to Z

While the East Sussex Local Offer aims to provide as much information as possible, there may be some conditions that aren't covered in thorough detail. The NHS website has pages that list all conditions, with information and advice on how to get extra support:

Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.

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