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Dudley Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

We provide a range of information, legally based advice and support to help parents/carers, children and young people on all matters relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We are here to help you make informed choices and enable parents/carers to play an active role in their child's education.

We offer free, confidential and impartial support to children and young people aged 0-25 years old with SEND and their parents and carers.

Who is the service for?

  • Parents of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities
  • Children with SEND
  • Young people up to 25 years of age with SEN or disabilities

Many children will access information, advice and support via their parents, but older children/ young people may want to access the service separately from their parents.  They can also access our service and will receive confidential and impartial, information and support that will allow them to participate fully in decisions.

We can also work separately and impartially with both the parents and the young person, where there is a disagreement on an issue related to SEND.

What do we do?

We provide free, accurate, impartial, confidential, information, advice and support relating to special educational needs (SEN), disability and related health and social care issues. This covers:

  • Education law on SEN and related law on disability, health and social care
  • Support to understand and interpret information relating to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
  • Initial concerns related to potential SEN or disabilities
  • Advice on the SEND provision available in education settings for children and young people who do not have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) in place
  • Support to request an EHCP and understanding the process
  • Personalisation and managing a Personal Budget
  • Support relating to disagreement resolution and managing mediation
  • Help in understanding the SEND Tribunal appeal process
  • Complaints relating to SEND including those relating to health and social care
  • Exclusions relating to SEND
  • Local policy and practice
  • The local offer
  • Parent carer support groups, local SEN youth forums, local disability groups and training events
  • Signposting to additional support services both locally and nationally where needed, including those provided by the voluntary sector
  • Access to regular free information workshops/events on matters relating to SEN and disability
  • A range of information leaflets. Available in a range of community languages and different formats on request

We regularly work with nursery, primary and secondary schools, academies and post 16 settings, to promote positive engagement with parents, children and young people.

How do I refer or access the service?

  • A parent/carer can make a referral for this service
  • You can also make a self-referral
  • Referrals can be made via email, or by calling Dudley SENDIASS

A case worker from the service will then make contact. 

Casework Support

Our service offers individual casework support including:

  • Advice on gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to your own situation.
  • Support when a child or young person with a special educational need or disability needs extra help in an educational setting and no Education Health Care Plan is in place.
  • Support in attending meetings, writing letters, contributing to assessments and reviews and participating in decisions about outcomes for a child or young person.
  • Help when things go wrong. Advice and support on resolving disagreements and managing complaints related to SEN and disability.
  • Advice and support to help promote independence and self advocacy for children, young people and parents.
  • Supporting young people to participate fully in decisions about the outcomes they wish to achieve.
  • Advice and support in relation to an Education Health Care Plan, which may include attending meetings or future reviews.
  • Support from an Independent Supporter, to help during the EHC assessment and the process of developing an EHC Plan, may be available to families and/or young people who request it.

Information Leaflets for Parents, Children & Young People

Dudley SENDIASS has prepared a series of leaflets for parents, children and young people. These are also available in community languages.

Service Evaluation

To continually review the service we offer to parents and young people in Dudley, an evaluation is sent to all parents and young people that have accessed Dudley SENDIASS in that academic year. The summarised results are available in the Service Evaluation section.

Further information is available from the The Information, Advice and Support Service Network (IASS Network) website.  You will also find useful resources providing information relating to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities:

Useful websites