The local offer as a commissioning tool

Written by Short Breaks PartnershipDate 08 Oct 2015

The local offer has the potential to be a powerful commissioning tool, allowing services to gather first-hand experience from families accessing their services on how they are (or are not) meeting individual needs.

This individual level data when viewed collectively with feedback from a wide group of families should highlight where gaps in provision are and what could be commissioned going forward to fill these gaps.

When considering short break provision, the local offer is often the first point of call for families to find out what leisure options are available locally for their children and young people to join. This case study talks about how one local authority carried out a successful joint review and needs analysis to produce a local offer that would met the needs and expectations of children, young people and their families.