SENDIASS - SEND Information Advice and Support Service
The service provides free, accurate, impartial information, advice and support to children, parents and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to enable them to be empowered to play an active and informed role in their education and care, from 0-25 years. We help to promote independence and self-advocacy.
We can support by:
- Listening to parents/carers/young people’s views and concerns about their child/young person’s special educational needs and disabilities;
- Offering accurate and unbiased and confidential information by independently trained staff;
- Offering support for those who need it, in attending statutory meetings, writing letters/reports and ﬁlling in forms;
- Signposting to Parent/Carer Forums and other relevant organisations.
- A conﬁdential telephone/email helpline;
- A tailored information package;
- Impartial information and guidance to understand and interpret information relating to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND);
- Impartial information and guidance through the SEND processes and procedures;
- Impartial information and guidance on local policy and practice including the Law on SEN and Disability, Health and Social Care and Personal Budgets;
- Impartial information and support to young people to enable them to participate fully in decisions about the outcomes they wish to achieve;
- Impartial information and support for parents/carers and young people during an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment;
- Impartial information and guidance relating to resolving disagreement(s);
- Impartial information around Independent Mediation Services;
- Impartial information and guidance in understanding the Tribunal Appeal Process;
- Impartial information and guidance on exclusions;
- Impartial information when children are out of school;
- Impartial information if you are considering Elective Home Education;
- Home visits (in exceptional cases);
- Signposting to appropriate services including the Local Offer;
- Signposting children, young people and parents to alternative additional sources of advice, information and support that may be available locally or nationally.
Who to contact
Where to go
- The Crescent Children's Centre
Stoke on Trent
- ST3 6HZ
- Referral Details
Please use the Referral Form located under the Downloads section on the right of this page.
- Other notes
The SEND Information Advice and Support Service Duty Telephone helpline is available Monday to Friday 10.00am to 2.30pm. An answerphone service is available outside of these hours.
We are also contactable via our Facebook page: Stoke-on-Trent Sendiass
Saturdays & Sundays: Closed.