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Hello and welcome to your local SENDIAS service!

Lewisham Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (or SENDIASS) is a free, confidential, and impartial service for parents and carers, children, and young people (up to 25 years). We also provide this independent advice directly to young people aged 16 up to 25 years with SEND.

Our experienced team of local advisors offers impartial, confidential advice and support on all matters relating to SEND. 

OUR AIM: we strive to empower our parents and young people to participate in any decisions making processes and assist you to make informed decisions. 

The type and range of support offered includes: 

  • Information regarding the local offer, local policy, and SEN/ disability law from independently trained staff
  • Advice for parent/carers, children, and young people on gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to their own situation
  • Information on the local authority’s processes for resolving disagreements, its complaints procedures and means of redress
  • Signposting children, young people, and parents to alternative and additional sources of local and national information, advice and support
  • Individual casework and representation where needed including support in attending meetings, contributing to assessments and reviews, and participating in decisions about outcomes for the child or young person.
  • Personalisation of personal budgets
  • Support for parents and young people in managing mediation and appeals to the SEND Tribunal

Our impartial service is available to parents of children with SEND, and to young people from the age of 16 up to 25 with SEND (living in Lewisham).

KIDS operate an open referral system for this service.  Parents can either ring or email to make a self-referral to the service.

You can find out more about what we do in our Leaflet

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



Coronavirus update:  

Coronavirus: Useful information for parents and carers

Going back to School Guide from the Children's Commissioner. 


Latest News

Information and advice regarding Exam Results 2020 


Upcoming Drumbeat Parent Workshops: 

- Preparing for Puberty and the Teenage Brain - Tuesday 15th September 2020 - 6pm-7.30pm.

Understanding ASD - Tuesday 29th September 2020 - 10am-11.30am.

Understanding ASD - Tuesday 29th September 2020 - 6pm-7.30pm.

Emotional Regulation Strategies - Tuesday 13th October 2020 - 10am-11.30am.

Emotional Regulation Strategies - Tuesday 13th October 2020 - 6pm-7.30pm​.

Supporting CYP with School Based Anxiety - Tuesday 17th November 2020 - 10am-11.30am.

Supporting CYP with School Based Anxiety - Tuesday 17th November 2020 - 6pm-7.30pm.

- Understanding Sensory Behaviours and Useful Strategies - Tuesday 8th December 2020 - 10am-11.30am.​​

Understanding Sensory Behaviours and Useful Strategies - Tuesday 8th December 2020 - 6pm-7.30pm​.​​

 All workshops are free to all parents, and all sessions will take place online via Zoom. To find out more and book a place please visit 


What is SEND?

My child needs extra support

SEND Support in School

What is an EHC Needs Assessment?

Making a parental request for an EHC Needs Assessment

EHCP's explained

Annual Review of EHC

Travel assistance application form for children with SEN


Phased transfer reviews and parental preferences timelines: 

Secondary Transfer 

Transitioning to Secondary School

All parents with children with EHC Plans, who are starting Year 6 in September 2020. 

Please follow the link below to advice and guidance for secondary transfer 2021 [from primary to secondary school]. There is a downloadable guide of the process, please make a note of the key dates as you will be required to provide details of your preferred secondary school(s) by the end of September 2020.

Applying for Secondary School Place


Year 6 Pupils

It is that time of the year again when those of us who have children entering Year 6 this September 2020, will need to be thinking about your preferences for a secondary school placement for September 2021.  If you would like assistance with the secondary transfer Process, please click below to complete our form, which can be accessed via desktop or mobile devices.

Secondary Transfer for September 2021


Year 7 Pupils

If your child will be entering into Year 7 in September 2020, and you do not have an allocated school placement or you disagree with the named school in Section I of the EHCP, please click here and we will contact you to provide you with information and advice on the next steps for your specific case.

SENDIAS Questionnaire


Preparing young people with SEND for adult life

Personalisation of personal budgets


If you disagree with the LA's decision:

Mediation process explained

How to appeal to the first tier tribunal


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


Local Information

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. 

Lewisham's Mediation service

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

Lewisham Services for Schoolsdetails of services that are available to all Lewisham settings


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 2 working days.