SEND 'Local Offer' for those aged 0 to 25 with SEND


  1. Overview
  2. Education
  3. Support and care
  4. Health and wellbeing
  5. Information, advice and support
  6. Preparing for adulthood
  7. How to get involved


SEND Local Offer website

The SEND Local Offer website has information about the support and services available in South Tyneside.

It is designed to help you find the best support for children and young people aged 0 to 25 who have Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

See below an overview of the information available on the SEND Local Offer website:


  • Support in education for children and young people with SEND
    The types of support your child may need during their education or training
  • How SEN is identified and assessed in education
    How your child's education needs will be identified and assessed.
  • Support for SEN in schools
    How your child will be supported in their school / setting
  • SEN Support Plans
    A Support Plan records the support in place for your child at their school, and the progress they are making
  • Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
    If your child can't get all of the support they need through their school / setting, they may need an EHC Plan.
  • Choosing a school / setting
    Early years providers, mainstream schools, additional resource bases, specialist settings, schools outside of South Tyneside, and post-16 settings.
  • Early years education (0 to 5)
    How your child will be supported in their early years.
  • Post-16 education, training and employment
    Courses, qualifications, apprenticeships, supported internships, and support to get into work.
  • Help with school and college transport
    Your child may be able to get support to travel to and from school.
  • Attendance and exclusions
    Attendance, suspensions and exclusions at school.
  • Education disputes and appeals
    What to do if you are unhappy about any decisions that have been made about your child's SEN.
  • Education services, teams and panels
    The education services, teams and panels in South Tyneside which support you and your child.
  • Education funding for children and young people with SEND
    Funding for schools to support children and young people with SEND.

See SEND Local Offer: Education

Support and care

  • Referrals and assessments for support and care
    How your child's care needs will be assessed, and support plans and packages are put in place.
  • Support and care services
    Support available, eligibility, and how to access services.
  • Children's Disability Team
    Support for children and young people with a broad range of needs, up to the age of 17.
  • Personal Budgets for support and care
    A personal budget allows you to choose specific services, and gives you more control over your child's care.
  • Direct Payments for support and care
    If you have a Personal Budget, you may be able to get it paid into your bank account, so you can arrange your own services.
  • Moving to adult social care
    Support for moving to adult social care.
  • Short breaks
    A short break allows children and young people to spend time away from the people who usually care for them.

See SEND Local Offer: Support and care

Health and wellbeing

  • Diagnosing health conditions
    Speak to your GP or health visitor to help make sure your child gets the right diagnosis and support.
  • How social communication needs are identified for children
    Assessing your child's social communication skills, including autism.
  • Find health services
    Find local, regional and national health services for children and young people with SEND.
  • Activities and events
    View our calendar of events and activities for children and young people with SEND.
  • Support to access leisure facilities
    There are lots of leisure opportunities in South Tyneside for children and young people with SEND.
  • Personal Health Budgets
    Personal Health Budgets can give you more choice and control over the care you receive.
  • Annual health checks
    Your child may be eligible for an annual health check when they turn 14.
  • Having your voice heard
    Ways to get involved, make sure your voice is heard, and help to improve local health services.
  • Moving to adult health services
    How to prepare for when health services change at age 18.
  • How local health services are organised
    How local needs are identified, and local health services are provided.
  • Specialist health roles in SEND
    Key health roles, and how they make sure the needs of children and young people with SEND are met.
  • Transforming Care Programme
    Improving health and care services so more people can live in the community, close to home, with the right support.

See SEND Local Offer: Health and wellbeing

Information, advice and support

  • Find information, advice and support services
    Find organisations or groups that offer support for children / young people with SEND and their families.
  • Money and benefits
    Benefits, allowances, discounts, grants and charities that can provide support.
  • Support for carers
    Support for adult carers, parent carers, young carers and information about Carer's Allowance.
    Impartial information, advice and support for parents, carers, children, young people and professionals

See SEND Local Offer: Information, advice and support

Preparing for adulthood

  • How you will be supported to prepare for adulthood
    Preparing for changes to your education, health and care services when you turn 18.
  • Moving to adult services
    Preparing to move to adult social care, adult health services and post-16 education.
  • Making your own decisions
    Making decisions about your future, expressing your views, and support if someone doesn't have the ability to make their own decisions.
  • Education, training and employment
    Planning for future education, training and employment.
  • Friendships, relationships and the community
    Friendships, relationships, taking part in activities and staying safe.
  • Transport and travelling independently
    Travel and bus passes, learning to drive, Motability Scheme, and Blue Badge parking.
  • Good physical and mental health
    Diet and physical activity, mental health and annual health checks.
  • Housing and living independently
    Types of housing, equipment and changes to your home, paying bills, support with personal care.
  • Guide to preparing for adulthood
    How to prepare for adulthood from the ages 14 to 25 (known as the 'preparing for adulthood pathway').

See SEND Local Offer: Preparing for adulthood

Getting involved

  • Ways to get involved
    Giving your feedback, surveys, consultations, the SEND improvement forum, and more.
  • Parent Carer Forum
    A team of volunteer parent carers who care for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years in South Tyneside.

See SEND Local Offer: Getting involved