SENDIASS advice and support service

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

Please visit our SENDIASS coronavirus help, advice and guidance pages that can help you during the coronavirus pandemic.

Our aims

  • 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.

More about Barnsley SENDIASS

You can find out more about us in the documents below.

SENDIASS steering group 

You can take a look at the minutes from our meetings to see what we're working on: 


Legislation and law guidance

Department for Education guidance

SEND guidance

Changes to special educational needs and disability support

Children with special educational needs

Equality Act

Help if you have a disabled child

Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Special educational needs and disability


Alternative Provision


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

Performance Attainment targets for Children with Special Educational Needs

School Admissions

Health and wellbeing

Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs

Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools

Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions

Support for children and young people

Children’s Activity Passport Checklists for Children Under 11

Careers Guidance

Preventing Cyber Bullying


Home to school transport

Post-16 transport to education and training


Education Settings

Research reports

Further legislation and law resources

Other agencies

Useful resources our service users recommend

Useful resources and support

ADHD support

Advocacy services

Anxious and phobic support

Asperger's support

Autism support

Bereavement support

Bullying and harassment support

Carer's support services

Children and young people's activities and support groups

Down syndrome

Dyslexia support


Early Help Assessment (EHA)

EHCP (Education health and care plan)

Education/EOTAS (Education Other Than At School)

Education welfare

Exam support


Family centres

Global development delay

Health and wellbeing

Interpretation services

Parent and carer forums

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, Transgender, Gender diversity)


Mental health support

Organisations supporting SEND and mental health

Pathological demand

Prader Willi syndrome

SEN support

Sensory impairment (Visual/Hearing)

Sleep issues

Specialist schools / colleges

Studying in the UK as a student with disabilities


Transport support

Translation services

Undiagnosed: Swan – syndromes without a name

Welfare and financial support