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
  • 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 between the age 0-25 years
  • live in the borough of Barnsley

We aim to:

  • help you play a valued and active role in your own or your child’s education
  • enable you to make informed choices
  • encourage and support joint working between you, the school/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 Assessment and Education, Health and Care Plan process
  • advice or issues around school/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 & Disability) tribunal
  • advice on exclusions
  • advice on transport arrangements
  • information about other organisations that might be helpful to you

Services we can offer groups

  • workshops for young people and parents and carers
  • drop-in advice sessions for young people and parents and carers at schools, colleges and children’s/family centres
  • advice and support on starting support groups
  • training to become an independent supporter

We can arrange to meet you at a venue you prefer but we can also offer meeting sessions in our offices around the borough.

Please book an appointment so that we can make sure we have time to talk with you.

You can find out more about Barnsley SENDIASS in our:


Legislation and law

Other agencies and information