We provide a range of information from education law to related law on disability, health and social care to help parents, children and young people in making informed choices and this enables them to play an active role in relation to educational decisions. We can offer support if you have concerns with or without an Education Health Care Plan in place for the child or young person. The service offers casework support, support in meetings and training and development seminars throughout the year. The service works with nursery, primary and secondary schools, academies and post 16 settings, to promote positive engagement with parents, children and young people.
Parents of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities
Children with SEN or disabilities
Many children will access information, advice and support via their parents, but older children may want to access the service separately from their parents.
Young people up to 25 years of age with SEN or disabilities
Young people can access our service. They will receive confidential and impartial, information and support that will allow them to participate fully in decisions about the outcomes they wish to achieve.
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.
We provide free, accurate, impartial, confidential, information, advice and support relating to special educational needs (SEN), disability and related health and social care issues. Including:
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 special educational needs and disabilities provision available in education settings for children and young people who do not have an Education Health Care Plan in place.
Support to request an Education Health Care Plan (EHC Plan) and understanding the process
Personalisation and managing a Personal Budget
Support relating to disagreement resolution
Support relating to 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.
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.
Further information is available from the The Information, Advice and Support Service Network (IASS Network) website.
To obtain more information about Dudley SENDIASS contact us using the details below.