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.

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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

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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...


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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. for information on Preparing young people with SEND for adult life, please click here.

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Counselling Service: KOOTH

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service for young people

It is a safe, secure and anonymous way to access support with your emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. 

Compass in Lewisham has commissioned the online counselling service Kooth for all young people to have access to a range of mental health and wellbeing services.

Kooth operates out of hours service weekdays from 12 -10 pm and the weekend from 6pm to 10 pm 365 days a year. Kooth is available free to Young people aged 11-18 (up to 19th birthday) - with extended pathway up to 25th Birthday for Care leavers / CYP with additional SEMH needs.

Please click here to watch this short video about the Kooth Service.

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EVENTS:

Lewisham SENDIASS will be hosting the following events during the Spring Term:  

  • How to make a Parental Request for EHC Needs Assessment - Date to be confirmed.  
  • How to prepare for your Annual Review meeting - Date to be confirmed.  
  • How to appeal against a 'Refusal to Assess' decision - Date to be confirmed.  

These events will be by registration only.  Once the dates have been published, we would appreciate it if parents/carers and young people would click on the link to complete the registration form.

Please click here for a link to the current Lewisham EHC Needs Assessment request form.

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Other Local Events include:   

  1. MovementWorks Online Sessionsfor more information please visit their website:https://www.movementworks.org/movementworks-online-sessions/

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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]

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