We provide information, advice and support to parents, carers, children and young people in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability.
What is SENDIASS?
Some of your questions may be answered in our leaflets you can download below.
- Glossary: Explains the specific words and terms used in all our information
- SEND Reforms: The impact of the SEND reforms on children and young people with Statements
- Local Offer: What it is, what it includes and where can you find the Suffolk Local Offer
- SEN Support in mainstream schools: Information about the support mainstream schools should provide for children with Special Educational Needs
- Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment: For children in early years settings or at school for whom further in-depth information and advice is sought
- Refusal to assess (EHC needs assessment): Tips and questions to ask the local authority when they decide an EHC needs assessment is not necessary
- Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans: Describes a child's special educational needs and the support that will be provided
- Funding for SEN: Information about funding for SEN in mainstream schools (includes academies & free schools)
- Personal Budgets: Information about personal budgets as part of an EHC plan
- Making Meetings Matter: Our top tips for parents attending meetings
- Disagreement about SEN provision: Information about what you can do if you do not agree with the support your child is getting
- Transition Tips (changing schools & key stages): Ideas to support anxious children
- Impartiality: Explains what we mean by confidential and impartial advice
- Helpful contacts: Includes Suffolk educational contacts, local & national organisations
Links to further information:
Making Sense of Sensory Behaviour recommended by an Occupational Therapist.
Page 28 has a flowchart on how an Individual Health Plan (IHP) should be put together and page 23 which explains unacceptable practice.
- Template for an Individual Health Care plan (not to be confused with an EHC plan)
Equality Act Guidance: Includes lots of examples which parents often find useful (these are in the coloured boxes throughout the document).
Chapter 6 (page 75) explains the Reasonable Adjustments Duty with many examples.
The Suffolk SEND Strategy highlights the importance of a ‘Person Centred’ approach and we have produced some information and guidance around planning for Person Centred Reviews...
'Person Centred Reviews'
- Guide for parents around preparation
- 'All About Me' (template for children and young people)
- Planning 'person centred reviews' - using the 'all about me' presentation
Top Tips - for professionals who support children and young people to participate in their Education, Health and Care plan (by the Council for Disabled Children)
Films produced by Independent Support (with input from the Department for Education)
Both films below help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection.
Watch what is an (EHCP) and who is it for
Cannot see the film? Watch what is a EHCP and who is it for on Council for Disabled Children.
The EHCP and The Person Centred Connection
Cannot see the film? Watch The EHCP and The Person Centred Connection Council for Disabled Children.
Short videos of Suffolk parents talking about how SENDIASS helped with concerns and questions around their children's education.
Read Mandy's story, parent to two children with Autism related sensory needs and the family's journey to discover therapies to help.
Have something to share with other parents? Please get in touch we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can talk to us confidentially for impartial information, advice and support.
Call our helpline on 01473 265210 or email email@example.com.