Who are we?
Barnsley SENDIASS is a statutory service provided by the local authority; Barnsley Council. We provide information advice and support on SEND related issues. We work with children, young people and parents and carers of children with SEND.
We are a separate service which is at arms-length from the rest of Barnsley Council. We offer free confidential and impartial information, advice and support.
Our information can also be found on the Barnsley SENDIASS Local Offer website.
We don't share your information or discuss your case with anyone without your permission. Including Barnsley Council, the NHS or your education setting. We will also not attend meetings unless you are present. This is described further in the SEND Code of Practice. And the IASS Minimum Standards from the National Information Advice and Support Service Network (IASSN).
How can Barnsley SENDIASS help me?
- Do you or your child need help to learn?
- Do you have concerns or questions relating to SEND?
- Do you want to know how your nursery, school or college can help?
- Do you want to understand how Barnsley Council, social care or the NHS can help?
We can talk to you about your concerns and questions and guide you to relevant information. We can also support and help you to put your thoughts, wishes, feelings and aspirations forward.
If you have general questions, you can contact us online using the form below, email us at email@example.com, or call 01226 787234.
If you would like to refer yourself or your child to us, please fill in our online referral form.
- 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 chance 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.
- Information, advice and support on subjects such as:
- Local policy and practice.
- The law on SEN and disability.
- Health and social care.
- Advice or issues around school or setting placement.
- Support at meetings.
- Advice on transport arrangements.
- Help when things go wrong. Including resolving issues and providing support to manage appeals, exclusions and complaints on SEN matters.
- Information about other groups that might be helpful to you.
How we work with the local authority (Barnsley Council)
- We support parents, carers and young people in discussions or meetings with the local authority. This can include:
- Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) processes.
- Early Help Assessment (EHA) / Team Around the Family (TAF) meetings.
- Child in Need (CiN) meetings
- Home to school transport.
- We contribute to the strategic development of services by the local authority/NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board.
- We provide anonymous statistical data about common issues. This is from the experiences of the parent’s, carers, children and young people we support.
- We fulfil the obligations and expectations of an IAS Service as set out in Chapter 2 of the SEND Code of Practice.
- We meet the standards expected of IAS Services that can be found in the IAS Services Quality Standards.
How we work with education settings (nurseries, schools and colleges)
- We support parents, carers and young people in discussions or meetings with education settings, including; SEN support meetings, school focussed plan meetings, exclusions (relating to SEND), transport, transition and complaints.
- We provide insight and feedback to the local authority's SENCO Inclusion Network at a strategic level.
- We do not discuss specific families, children or young people without supporting the family directly. Settings and professionals are encouraged to support a family to refer themselves to us.
How we work with the National Health Service (NHS)
- We support parents, carers and young people in discussions or meetings related to SEND-specific issues; such as the provision of speech and language therapy, advice on education settings or making referrals for assessments.
- We do not discuss specific families, children or young people without supporting the family directly. Professionals are encouraged to support a family to refer themselves to us.
Read our case studies which demonstrate and describe some of the support we are able to provide.