Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS) Homepage

Welcome to the SENDIAS homepage


We offer accurate, up to date and impartial resources and information about the law on special educational needs and disability. We provide information in many ways, including our website, publications, training events and conferences. Sometimes information alone is not enough. You may want help to gather information, make sense of it and apply it to your own situation. We call this advice and we offer this service by email, on the telephone, face to face and through work with groups or in training. We can also offer more intensive support if you need it. This can include helping with letters, attending meetings with you or supporting you in discussions with the local authority, school or other setting. We may be able to help you find an Independent Supporter or a volunteer who can support you. When we are not able to help we will do our best to tell you about, or put you in touch with, other groups or organisations that can help. We call this signposting.

0330 222 8555 Parent Carer or Professional: send.ias@westsussex.gov.uk Young Person Advisor: cyp.sendias@westsussex.gov.uk

Introduction

We offer accurate, up to date and impartial resources and information about the law on special educational needs and disability. We provide information in many ways, including our website, publications, training events and conferences. Sometimes information alone is not enough. You may want help to gather information, make sense of it and apply it to your own situation. We call this advice and we offer this service by email, on the telephone, face to face and through work with groups or in training. We can also offer more intensive support if you need it. This can include helping with letters, attending meetings with you or supporting you in discussions with the local authority, school or other setting. We may be able to help you find an Independent Supporter or a volunteer who can support you. When we are not able to help we will do our best to tell you about, or put you in touch with, other groups or organisations that can help. We call this signposting.


Supporting you

Feedback from people who have used the service

Meet the team

Heather McIntosh

Team Manager

Elizabeth Holland

Liaison Officer

Charlotte Smith

Local Offer Officer

Claire Chapman

Parent Adviser

Elaine Worrell

Parent Adviser



Paula Bower

Parent Adviser


Susanna Whitaker

Young Person Adviser

Jacqueline Paterson

Young Person Adviser

Luke Bower

SENDIAS Volunteer Co-ordinator

Patricia Byrne

SENDIAS Adviser


Leaflets


Please see below a range of leaflets with further information on topics covering special educational needs and/or disabilities

Paris

Main SENDIAS leaflet

New York SEN in the Early Years
SEN Support

Young Person Leaflet

New York Moving to West Sussex


Independent Parental Support
Paris

Annual Reviews

New York Communicating with professionals
New York EHC Needs Assessment
Paris

Education, Health and Care Plans

Translations

We have a number of leaflets translated into the top 5 non-English Languages in West Sussex. Below are a number of our leaflets translated into Bengali, French, Polish, Portuguese and Tamil.



Translations

Education Partnership Protocol

Volunteer for SENDIAS

Annual Report 2017

We have always had a vision and plan for what we have wanted to achieve as a service throughout the year.

However, last year was the first one that we, collectively as a team, identified our strengths and areas in need of improvement. These are shown in Figure 1. Our Steering Group were also made aware, and were asked their opinions.

We hope to involve them in this process even more this year, as the parent representatives will be well established within the group now. Please do let us know in the feedback on the back page if you agree or disagree with our strengths and weaknesses, as this will help us when planning for the year. Read more .


Arms-Length

Every Local Authority has a legal duty to provide a SEND Information, Advice and Support Service in their local area. To ensure that you can be confident that the service provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support, the SENDIAS maintains an arms-length position from the Local Authority. This is underpinned in legal guidance, in Chapter 2 of the SEND Code of Practice (2015) and in the national minimum standards for an IAS service. To find out more about what it means for us as an ‘arms-length’ service, please click here.

What it means to be arms-length



Webinar

The SENDIAS Service delivered a live webinar in November 2017 that explained who we are, and how we can support parent carers, the young people themselves and also professionals. Please have a look at the recording of this webinar and let us know what you think at: send.ias@westsussex.gov.uk.

We are considering delivering more of these so it would be good to get your thoughts on this.