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: [email protected] Young Person Advisor: [email protected]

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

Claire Chapman

Parent Adviser

Shirley Sutton

Support Adviser

Patricia Byrne

Parent Adviser


Susanna Whitaker

Young Person Adviser


Jacqueline Paterson

Young Person Adviser


Paula Bower

Support Adviser

Newsletter and Annual Reports


If you would like to receive a copy of our future newsletters by email please complete the online form . It should take less than 5 minutes to sign up!
We are currently reviewing the way we produce and distribute our newsletter and are considering reducing the number of printed copies to a minimum.
If you currently receive paper copies of our newsletter and would be happy to receive future editions by email instead,
then please let us know at [email protected]

Many parent carers, voluntary groups and professionals now receive our newsletter by email, but we know this does not suit everyone
so if you would like a paper copy please give us a call on 0330 222 8555.



We also produce Annual reports to explain what we have been doing over the course of the year,
and how we have responded to feedback about the service from all stakeholders.

Click here to view our recent SENDIAS Newsletters & Annual Reports


SENDIAS Leaflets

We have a number of leaflets that cover a variety of SEND related subjects.
We also have some of them translated into the top 5 non-English Languages in West Sussex.

Click here to view SENDIAS Leaflets and other resources


Education Partnership Protocol

Volunteer for SENDIAS


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: [email protected]

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


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