Guide to the SEND Local Offer

Guide to the Bristol Local Offer

1. What is the Bristol Local Offer

We must publish information in one place about the support available locally for children and young people from birth up to 25 years old who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This is called the Local Offer.

Read more about the Children and Families Act 2014.


  • is for parents, carers, children, young people, practitioners and professionals
  • includes information on services available to everybody, such as schools and children’s healthcare
  • includes information on short term  support and services for children and young people without an Educational, Health and Care plan
  • includes information on specialist services and longer term specialised support for children with SEND
  • it must be provided in other formats for people who can’t access the website 

2. Where you can find the Bristol Local Offer

In Bristol, you can find out about the support available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities on the Local Offer website. This replaces the Findability website.

Tell us what you think using the Feedback form.  

3. Who we work with

We’re committed to developing the Bristol Local Offer through co-production. 
We work with:

  • parents and carers
  • children and young people
  • early years providers 
  • schools and colleges
  • health partners
  • voluntary and community organisations

Our key partners are:

4. How we gather feedback

We must gather feedback yearly on the range and quality of support on offer.
We gather feedback by:

This helps inform and shape the future development of the Bristol Local Offer.

We publish your comments and our responses on the Findability site at least once a year.

See what we’ve done in response to previous feedback.

5. Give feedback on Bristol's Local Offer

We’d like to hear your  feedback about:

  • specific services you’ve used
  • how we could improve the Local Offer
  • information or services that  are missing
  • how easy or hard it is to use the Findability site   

Send us feedback

6. Our Local Offer for professionals

On the Findability site, professionals who work with children and families in Bristol can find:

  • SEND forms and guidance for Education, Health and Care assessment requests and annual reviews
  • documents that help you deliver your statutory duties for organisations that work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.