About the Leeds Local Offer

What families can expect from the Leeds Local Offer.

The Leeds Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care.

The Leeds Local Offer has two key purposes;

  • To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up to date information about available provision and how to access it.
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations directly involving children and young people with SEND, their parents and carers and service providers in its development and review

The Leeds Local Offer is about providing families with information to make informed choices about services they chose to use. 

Leeds Local Offer (SEND)

How to use the Leeds Local Offer website

We have developed a guide to support you in using and navigating the Leeds Local Offer website. 

click here to download the how to use the Leeds Local Offer website guide. 

Keeping in touch

You can contact the Leeds Local Offer team at LLO@leeds.gov.uk

Join the Leeds Local Offer Facebook group to find out about developments to the Leeds Local Offer, updates about services and activities taking place across the city.

Information booklet

The Leeds Local Offer information booklet has been produced to help families of a child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) find out about information, help and support available to them in Leeds.

All the information in the booklet can be found on the Leeds Local Offer website, you can email us at LLO@leeds.gov.uk if you need help to find the information you are looking for.

Click here to download the information booklet. 

If you would like a hard copy of the booklet please email llo@leeds.gov.uk 

Information drop in for parents and carers

A monthly drop in for parents and carers to speak to services to receive information and advice about what is available in Leeds to support their family.

  • Leeds Local Offer
  • Scope
  • Leeds Parent Carer Forum
  • Leeds Speech and Language Service

Dates and times of drop in

All drop in's will take place 10.30am till 12.30pm in the Sanderson Room at Leeds Central Library.

Click here to download the visual walkthrough for Leeds Central Library

  • Wednesday 27th March 2024
  • Wednesday 24th April 2024
  • Wednesday 22nd May 2024
  • Wednesday 26th June 2024
  • Wednesday 17th July 2024
  • Wednesday 25th September 2024
  • Wednesday 23rd October 2024
  • Wednesday 27th November 2024
  • Wednesday 18th December 2024

If you require further information about the drop in sessions please email LLO@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Local Offer Live Event

The Leeds Local Offer Live event is a market place event that provides families an opportunity to speak to find out about a wide range of SEND services in Leeds. 

The event takes place in March every year.

For further information about Leeds Local Offer Live email LLO@leeds.gov.uk

Previous event evaluations

SEND Navigators

Who are the SEND Navigation Team?

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Navigators work within Early Help supporting families who are awaiting or have recently received a neurodiverse diagnosis. We work with primary aged children including Year 6s transitioning into Year 7, who do not have an Education Health Care Plan.

The team aim to signpost families and provide support around pathways by upskilling and empowering them to access universal and targeted services. The navigators form part of the SILC Cluster Team, however their role works beyond this remit to support children in mainstream settings or those who are at risk of not being in education.

The intention of our service is to support families earlier in becoming independent of services in the medium-longer term, reducing the need for specialist statutory services such as the Children’s Health and Disability Team (CHAD). This should also reduce repeat referrals and lead to shorter waiting lists.

How can parents, carers or families access support from a SEND Navigator?

Families and carers can contact a SEND Navigator by calling 0113 827 5524 extension 1105, or emailing sendnavigators@westsilc.org. The Navigator will listen to the main concerns of the family, providing them with a single point of contact, allowing them to feel less isolated and helping them to create a sustainable and family led plan. In some cases, schools or other professionals may contact the team to refer a family for support or seek advice and guidance about a young person they are currently working with.

How does the team work with parents, carers and families?

When a SEND Navigator receives a referral, they will collate information about the family in order to understand their needs and experiences. They may also consult other professionals involved with the child, for example SENCos, Speech Therapists or Family Support Workers. The Navigators also aim to include the voice of the child using a variety of approaches, such as asking them to score progress against their own goals.

How does the team work with schools and settings?

The Navigators work directly with families, focusing on strategies and next steps to support the child. The SEND Navigators will use the ‘graduated approach’ of assess, plan, do, review:

  • Assess- identify strengths and needs through conversations with key people such as parents, carers or professionals involved with the child.
  • Plan- plan the pathway with the family, identifying clear and measurable outcomes
  • Do- implement the plan in the agreed time frame. The navigation team aim to hold a case for a maximum period of six weeks.
  • Review- record voice of the parent and child against the agreed goals, discuss successes and challenges.

SEND Navigators will work collaboratively with SENDCos, STARS, Educational Psychology, CAMHS and voluntary organisations such as SCOPE, Leeds MENCAP and Parent Carer Forums to provide the most effective support.