Your Local Offer and how to search for services
The Local Offer provides information about support and services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities and their families.
Do you or does someone you care for have Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a disability?
To help you to find out what help is available in Merton for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, we have created a Local Offer with all the information in one place.
The Merton Local Offer helps parents, carers and young people find out about the support and services that are available and how to access them.
Information reviewed February 2019
The Local Offer provides details of services and support from birth to the age of 25. It includes information about:
- schools, colleges and further education
- health services
- social care
- preparing for adulthood
- leisure activities
- work and training
- support and advice
Is also tells you how to get the services you need, such as how to get a referral or an assessment, if required.
The Local Offer can help you in several ways, including;
- making it easier to find out what you need to know
- helping you to find the nearest and most suitable services
- helping to ask for support
- helping you to provide feedback about what is needed, raise concerns or make a complaint
- helping you to make sure you are involved in decisions about the support you receive
Merton’s local Offer can be accessed online at www.merton.gov.uk/localoffer
Young people can also find out about things to do and support services on the Young Merton Website at www.youngmerton.co.uk
Just look out for the SEN local offer blue triangle. You will see this next to the listings for services that are part of the Local offer.
You will find a green circle next to some listed services. These services support children and young people’s mental wellbeing. They are part of the Merton Child and Adolescent Mental health services (CAMHS) Local Offer.
The Local Offer is designed to be easy to use on tablets and mobile phones, as well as computers and laptops. If you don’t have internet access, you can visit your local library where staff will be able to help you to access, you can visit your local library where staff will be able to help you to access the internet on one of their computers.
- Use the categories to find services of a particular type such as clubs and groups.
- Use the postcode or place name to search for specific locations, for example, services in Wimbledon or Raynes Park, alternatively use a postcode to bring up a list of services ordered by distance from that postcode you inputted.
- Use “Tick box” filters to narrow down your search results, for example, by day of the week or type of SEN supported.
- When searching for something using the Keyword(s) search box, use single words or simple terms and refine your search by using the filter tools, for example, when searching for transport for a child with ASD try searching for transport in the Keyword(s) search box or when searching for childminders and filtering those who offer free early education and childcare to 2 year olds.
We continue to develop the Local Offer with help from parents, carers, children and young people, professionals and practitioners.
Your views are important. If you have any comments, feedback or if there is anything you think should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org