What is the Manchester Local Offer?

This is an introduction to who we are and how we can support you, especially if you are:

  • a parent/carer
  • a young person up to 25 with SEND
  • working with families and young people

Watch our short film about Manchester Local Offer


Your Local Offer

Manchester Local Offer helps children and young people with SEND up to the age of 25 and their parents/carers in the Manchester City Council area understand what services and support they can expect locally. This includes their statutory entitlements which are required by law.  

We're a statutory service. Every local authority has a Local Offer, although they might look different in each area. In Manchester, we're a small team of three sitting within Children and Families in Manchester City Council. 

As well as website information, regular drop ins and a newsletter, we work with families to help improve services and what’s on offer. See our range of activity in our leaflet - 'More than a website'

Watch our short film about what we do

Manchester Local Offer - localoffer@manchester.gov.uk, 0161 219 2125.

Newsletter and drop ins


Our regular newsletter has all the latest news and updates relating to SEND families in Manchester. Sign up through the Council's e-bulletin subscription page. Here is some guidance on how to do this

See a list of newsletters from the past year

Drop ins

Our monthly drop ins are an opportunity for parents/carers and young people in the Manchester City Council area to talk to a range of services and groups for advice, information and support. We have a rolling programme around the city. Find the dates of forthcoming drop ins.



Local Offer SEND Information Hub

Our Local Offer SEND Information Hub has a wide range of resources, including benefits and grants, education, stuff to do and support from organisations.


Online directory

The Manchester Local Offer has an extensive range of online information. You can search the database in different ways:

  • Use the search facility at the top of the page.  
  • Go to our Welcome page and browse by subject, using the tiles with pictures.  

If you offer support or services to children and young people with SEND in Manchester, would you like your service to be listed in the Local Offer? Find out more and how to have ownership here.


Guidance for new parent carers

When you have a child with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND), you may not know where to find the information you need. See our Guidance for new parent carers.


Get involved and have your say

You and your young person can have a say in the support and services you need. By sharing your experiences and working together with us and other organisations, we can make positive changes that benefit all SEND families in the city.

Find out how to Get involved and have your say.

How you are having a say

See How you are having a say to find out some of the ways parent carers and young people are having their say to help make things better for SEND families in the city.

Local Offer Review Board

Find out about the Local Offer Review Board, including the Terms of Reference and minutes of meetings. 

Disabled Children's Register

Manchester City Council keeps a register of Disabled Children and Young People aged 0-19 years with disabilities or special educational needs. There is no requirement to sign your child up to the register, it is up to you - find out more


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