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The Government published the Children and Families Bill in February 2013. This includes proposals for local authorities in England to publish a local offer of services for children and young people with special educational needs, including those who are disabled. The local offer would enable families to see readily what they can expect from mainstream services across education, health and social care; how to access more specialist support; how decisions are made including eligibility criteria for accessing services where appropriate; and how to complain or appeal. Local authorities would be required to involve local children, young people and families in developing their local offer to ensure that their needs, and aspirations are taken into account.
Detailed requirements for the local offer will be set out in regulations. These requirements will be informed by the learning and effective practice developed by the pathfinders. They will include information about provision available in mainstream educational settings to support all pupils with special educational needs including those without statements or Education, Health and Care plans.