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What is the Local Offer?

It aims to provide information to parents, carers and young people about provision expected to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have Special Educational Needs  (SEN) or are disabled, This includes those who do not have Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  

In this one place, you can find information and services for: 

You can also view an A-Z list of medical conditions on Contact's website.

This short film from the Department of Education aims to give children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities information about the Local Offer.  It also covers how children and young people and their families can get involved in their local area to give their views and opinions on what services should be offered.

If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the Special Needs Co-ordinator or SENCo in your child's school or nursery.

If you wish to discuss your child's needs,please contact the Special Educational Needs and Disability Teams, whose contact details are below:

01229 407403 for Barrow and South Lakeland or at
01946 506211 for Allerdale and Copeland or at
01228 226843 for Carlisle and Eden or at

Our Cumbria SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IAS) can also give you advice about SEN.

Access to the SEND Social Work Service is initially through contacting the central hub on: 0333 240 1727

You can also download the new Inclusion/SEND structure charts from here!

We are aware that some families in Cumbria may access services provided by other local authority areas.  The neighbouring SEND Local Offers are: 

Lancashire's Local Offer

Northumberland's Local Offer

County Durham's Local Offer

Yorkshire's Local Offer

If you would like to add your organisation to the Local Offer, please download our  Creating a New Directory Record - Registration Instructions [PDF 6.4KB] or watch our walk-through YouTube video:

If your organisation is already on the directory, please follow our Amending a Directory Record - Registration Instructions [PDF 5.4MB]

If you have already registered but have forgotten your username and password, please contact us at:

Now you have created your directory record, we have provided another set of instructions - How to Upload Information to Your Directory Record [PDF 4.8MB] showing you what information is needed to make your directory record well informed and easy to find. 

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