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

Latest Covid-19 updates

Covid-19 resources


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

Click the picture above to watch choosing a school video.

Every parent wants to make sure that their child settles happily into a new school. The move from part-time to full time education is an important stage in your child’s life. If your child has SEN (Special Educational Needs) needs there may be other things you want to consider when you are choosing a new school.

Tip #1: Make a checklist of all the things that are important to you and your child. This will help you to ask the right questions.

Tip #2: Look at the school’s website for the school SEN policy, governors’ annual report on SEN, school prospectus, anti-bullying policy and behaviour policy.

Tip #3: Gather up to date copies of relevant information about your child, such as their Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan, any educational psychology advice and copies of individual education plans.

Tip #4: Try to look around the schools you have chosen, talk to member of staff and meet with the school’s SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).

Tip #5: Visit at least two schools so that you have something to compare.

Tip #6: Ask questions when visiting the school.

Tip #7: Compare each school you have chosen.

 Read our full guide on choosing a primary school here

 View our choosing a primary school visual guide here

Other topics

Read our 8 tips for transitioning to secondary school here

SEND in Early Years 

SEND Support in Schools

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