SENDIASS

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services offer information, advice and support for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This service is also offered directly to young people.

The service is free, impartial and confidential.

KIDS SENDIASS have developed resources providing information and advice for parents, carers, professionals and young people.

It is a legal requirement that all local authorities have a SENDIAS service and KIDS provide a number of these services across the country. Each KIDS SENDIAS service has a local page with their contact details, local information and local resources.

Find your local SENDIASS service here

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My SENDIASS for young people aged 16 - 25 with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. 

Find out more about the SENDIAS minimum standards and our policies

Visit the links here for latest COVID-19 updates and resources.

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Hello and Welcome to your local SENDIAS Service

We are a free, confidential and impartial service, which offers accurate information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.  We understand it can be difficult at times and our approach is to empower our parents and carers by providing them with information on their rights and guidance on the legal framework that all schools and local authorities adhere to.

Our experienced team of local advisors also provide this independent advice directly to young people aged 16 up to 25 years with SEND.

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OUR AIM:

We strive to empower our parents, children and young people to participate in any decision-making processes and assist you to make informed decisions

Please watch the video below which explains the type and range of support offered: 

Lewisham SENDIASS operates an open referral system.  Parents, carers and young people can either send us an email or click here to make a self-referral to the service You can find out more about what we do in our Leaflet

We need your help - Please give us feedback about our website.  

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For statutory guidance on all matters relating to SEND, please click Here for a link to the SEND Code of Practice 2015.


One of our parents wrote: 

...The service has been fantastic throughout and provided all the information I needed when I started preparing my appeal...


Coronavirus update: 

Guidance: What parents/carers need to know re: Early Years, Schools and Colleges - update from the DfE dated 27 September 2021.

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YOUTH PARTICIPATION:


Do you want help to find the information YOU want from the Local Offer? If the answer is YES, please click here to make a self-referral to our service and we will help you to access the services you need. 

The Lewisham Local Offer brings together information about education, health and care services for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.

  1. Please click here for options for 14 - 19 year old learners with SEN.
  2. Please click: Selecting the Right Course for you, which includes details of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 course providers.
  3. Please click here for essential information on Preparing for Adulthood, alternatively, you can click here for a link to information and advice on the Lewisham Council website.
  4. Please click here for a link to the current Lewisham EHC Needs Assessment request form.

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ACT NOW:

THE DEADLINE TO EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO APPEAL AGAINST THE LA'S NAMED SCHOOL IS APPROACHING.......

[Two months from the date on your decision letter]


 

SECONDARY TRANSFER SUPPORT 11+2022

 

What to do if you disagree with the educational setting named in Section I of your child’s EHC Plan…

We understand there will be some parents/carers who may not be happy with the school the Local Authority (LA) have named in Section I of their child’s EHC Plan.  If this is the case for you - Lewisham SENDIASS are here to support you.  

Please visit these websites; They are full of information and advice on how you can challenge the LA’s decision.

  1. Please watch this video on the Mediation process 
  2. How to submit an appeal: Contents appeals | (IPSEA)
  3. Appeals, tribunals and mediation – SEND Advice Surrey
  4. Appeals Process guidance
  5. Appealing against the school or other setting named in your EHC plan | (IPSEA)  or click here to make a self-referral to the service

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Future SENDIASS events:

2)  How to prepare for your Annual Review meeting - Date to be confirmed.  

3)  How to appeal against a 'Refusal to Assess' decision - Date to be confirmed.

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Other Local Events include:   ..

Lewisham EP Connect

Please click on the link above to talk to one of the Lewisham Educational Psychologists about issues related to your child. They can offer support on a wide range of topics.  Please note: This service is available term time only - Call  07377 913538  or  07377 976518.

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KOOTH's Frequently asked questions (FAQ's) from children and young people

KOOTH is a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited service, provides a free, safe and non-judgemental place for young people to connect with others and know they are not alone. They have instant access to self-help materials, live moderated discussion forums and tools such as online journals and goal trackers. Young people can also contribute written pieces of work reflecting their own experiences, as well as accessing drop-in or booked sessions with professional counsellors from 12pm-10pm weekdays and 6pm-10pm weekends. Kooth is available to young people aged 11-25 in Bexley, Bromley and Lewisham. Please email [email protected] for further information.

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CONTACT’S Listening Ear Service:   

If you are struggling emotionally and looking for strategies to help you cope or just need to talk to someone who understands the extra challenges you face or someone who can point you in the right direction to get the support you need for your family, CONTACT’S Listening Ear Service could be just what you are looking for.  They offer free, 1-1 telephone appointments with one of their friendly support advisers for parent/carers looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support. Making an appointment is simple: Click here and choose the day and time that suits you. 


Resources:

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If however, you have not found what you are looking for? Please click on Information and Advice where you will find an array of topics


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Local Information

  • Lewisham Services for Schools – details of services that are available to all Lewisham settings.

  • Accessing support from the EARLY HELP Service

  • Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being for children and young people.

  • Mental health in schools for parents with children or young people that have concerns about mental health.

  • Lewisham's Mediation Service

    One of our parents wrote: 

    ...I would not of been able to go through this process without the support of Lewisham SENDASS. The support I received was amazing, I had 1-1 sessions with a professional worker, who supported me step by step through the whole process. Being Dyslexic myself, I would not of been able to support my son with trying to get an EHC Plan...

Contact Us

Phone: 0203 319 2163

Email: [email protected]

Visit our Facebook page

We are open 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday. We aim to respond within 3 working days. 


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