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 SENDIASS service and KIDS provide a number of these services across the country. Each KIDS SENDIASS service has a local page with their contact details, local information and local resources.

Find your local SENDIASS service       



My SENDIASS is for young people aged 16-25 with special educational needs or disabilities. 

Useful links

SENDIASS minimum standards

KIDS policies

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Covid-19 resources


We are part of the Information, Advice & Support Services Network for SEND.


Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or Disabilities are much more likely to be excluded from school than their classmates. Only the head teacher of a school (or the teacher in charge of a pupil referral unit or the principal of an academy) can exclude a pupil. Permanent and fixed term are the only types of exclusion from a school which are lawful.

Fixed term exclusion - this is when the head teacher excludes a pupil for a period of time. This may be from a lunchtime (classed as half a day) up to 45 school days per academic year.

Permanent exclusion - this is when a pupil is permanently excluded from the school
and removed from the school roll; an alternative school must be found following a
permanent exclusion.

A head teacher can exclude a pupil because:

  1. There has been a serious or continuous breach of the school’s behaviour policy
  2. Where allowing the pupil to remain in school would seriously harm the education or
    welfare of the pupil

Read our guide on school exclusions here

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