The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers free, confidential and impartial information, guidance, advice and support.
The service used to be called the Parent Partnership Service.
It's available to all children, young people and parents and carers of children and young people who:
- have a special educational need (SEN) or disability
- are aged 0 to 25 years old
- live in the borough of Barnsley
- To help you play a valued and active role in your own, or your child’s, education.
- To enable you to make informed choices.
- To encourage and support joint working between you, the school or setting, the council and other agencies.
Services we can offer you
- The opportunity for you to talk things through and say what your concerns are.
- Support when writing letters to school, early years and post-16 settings, and the local authority.
- Help with statutory assessments and the education, health and care plan process.
- Advice or issues around school or setting placement.
- Support at meetings.
- Advice on who you should contact if there are behavioural, emotional or social difficulties.
- Information on appeals to SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) tribunal.
- Advice on exclusions.
- Advice on transport arrangements.
- Information about other organisations that might be helpful to you.
We can arrange to meet you at a venue you prefer or also offer meeting sessions in our offices around the borough.
Please contact us to book an appointment so that we can make sure we have time to talk with you.
Services we can offer groups
- Workshops for young people and parents and carers.
- Drop-in advice sessions for young people, parents and carers at schools, colleges and children's or family centres.
- Advice and support on starting support groups.
- Training to become an independent supporter.
Please contact us to discuss more about the services we can offer.
SENDIASS monthly newsletters
In our monthly newsletters we aim to bring you up to date news and information around Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in order to support our shared goals to achieve the very best outcomes for your local area and the children, young people and their families.
Please choose a newsletter to view:
You can find out more about us in the documents below.
- SENDIASS service information leaflet
- Referral criteria
- Confidentiality policy
- Annual report 2018-2019
- Our funding application and IASP guidance
- Intervention levels of IASS
- SENDIASS minimum standards
- Assessments and the Care Act factsheet
SENDIASS steering group
You can take a look at the minutes from our meetings to see what we're working on:
Department for Education guidance
Changes to special educational needs and disability support
- Easy Read Guide for Parents on SEND Reforms - December 2014
- Easy Read Guide for Children and Young People on SEND Reforms – December 2014
Children with special educational needs
- Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
- Apply for school transport for a child with special educational needs and disabilities
Help if you have a disabled child
Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years
- SEND code of Practice (0-25 Years) - January 2015
- Early Years Guide to the 0 to 25 SEND code of practice - September 2014
- Further education guide to the 0-25 SEND code of practice - September 2014
Special educational needs and disability
Advice on the admission of summer-born children
Children missing education
Early Years Foundation Stage (birth to 5 years)
Elective Home Education
Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England
Fair Access - protocols and principles
- National Curriculum
- Key Stage 1 Access Arrangements - December 2018
- Key Stage 2 access arrangements - December 2018
Performance Attainment targets for Children with Special Educational Needs
Health and wellbeing
Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs
Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools
- Behaviour and discipline in schools - January 2016
- Getting the Simple Things Right: Charlie Taylor's Behaviour Checklists - November 2019
- Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools - November 2018
- Use of Reasonable Force in Schools - July 2013
- Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Intervention in Schools - June 2019
Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions
- Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions - December 2015
- Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions: Links to other Resources - August 2017
Support for children and young people
Children’s Activity Passport Checklists for Children Under 11
Preventing Cyber Bullying
Home to school transport
Post-16 transport to education and training
Legislation and law guidance
- Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (2015) (DfE – GOV.UK)
- Children and Families Act 2014 (Full act of law - legislation.gov.uk)
- Children and Families Act 2014 (IPSEA guidance)
- Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014 (DfE – GOV.UK)
- Equality Act 2010 (legislation.gov.uk)
- School Admissions Code (DfE – GOV.UK)
- Home to school transport
- IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice)
- Good Schools Guide
- IASSN (Information, Advice and Support Services Network)
- Council for Disabled Children
- National Children's Bureau
- Special Needs Jungle
Useful resources our service users recommend
- A family guide to SEND
- Report of the Children and Young People's Health Outcome Forum
- Using the Children and Families Act 2014 to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEN and disability: a briefing for health services
Useful resources and support
- Autism Education Trust - Finding a School for Your Child
- Autism support for parents and carers
- Barnsley Council - Autism Spectrum Conditions
- Brain hand personal technology for independent living
- National Autistic Society
- National Autistic Society - early bird support group
- NHS Learning disability support
- British dyslexia association
- British dyslexia association technology
- Dyslexia trust
- Helen Arkell - child support
- The Dyslexia spld trust
- IPSEA - dyslexia getting extra help with exams
- Nhs dyslexia conditions
- Dyslexia explained ebook
- Parent Champions - understanding dyslexia
- Special Needs Jungle - spotting signs of dyslexia
Education / EOTAS (Education Other Than At School)
- Barnsley Council - school admissions and transfers
- Barnsley Council - Education for Children who can't attend school due to health needs
- Barnsley Council - Education Welfare Service
- Dept. for Education - Early Years Outcomes
- Good schools guide
- Gov.uk - school performance tables
- School search
- Special needs guide
- Springwell learning - EOTAS
- ACE Advice - School Exclusions
- Barnsley Council - Excluding Pupils from School
- Child law advice - school exclusion
- Child law advice - school exclusion
- Gov.uk school exclusion
- IPSEA advice - exclusion from School
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT DELAY
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
- CAMHS - child and adolescent mental health service
- Chilypep - mental health page
- Healthy place
- Young minds
- we are mind space
- adastra barnsley
PRADER WILLI SYNDROME
UNDIAGNOSED: SWAN – syndromes without a name