Advice about SEND (5-16 years old)

Coventry SEND Local Offer

Many people feel they can benefit from independent advice about SEND.

There are a variety of organisations that can help children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers navigate the SEND system and understand what SEND services, activities and support is available.

Here is a list of independent local and national organisations that can help you understand SEND and how to access the support and services that are right for you.

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View full details of Family Hubs in Coventry

About

A family hub is a place where children, young people and their families can go when in need of help and support.

The people working in the family hub will work in partnership with you and your community.

They will help you find and get help from different services in the area and will be able to give you information, advice and support.

There are 8 Family Hubs in Coventry.

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View full details of Information, Advice and Support Services SENDIASS

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About

SENDIASS offers impartial information, advice and support to:

  • parents/carers,
  • children and young people (0-25)

Their independently trained staff can help explain Special Educational Needs, Disability or exclusion processes and procedures in straight forward language, so you know what to expect and what part you can play in your/your child’s education.

They provide accurate, unbiased information to build your confidence and help you make informed decisions.
The service is commissioned by Coventry Local Authority but works at an “arms-length”.

This means that children, young people and their parents can feel confident that the information they receive from the SEND IASS is based on national guideline and not local policy.

They aim to:

  • Help develop and encourage good communication and relationships between all parties – parents/carers, children, young people, educational settings, the Local Authority, voluntary organisations – to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people and prepare them for adulthood
  • Ensure the views, wishes and feelings of parents/carers, children and young people are heard and valued
  • Provide impartial information and support to enable participation in decision making

Can they help you?

  • Does your child or young person have Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a Disability?
  • Are you a young person with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a Disability?
  • Do you have concerns about your/your child’s progress at nursery/school/college?
  • Do you need help preparing for or participating in a meeting with professionals to discuss your/your child’s SEND?
  • Do you need help in understanding or writing reports/letters?
  • Are you finding it difficult to get your views across?
  • Would you like to learn more about Special Educational Needs and services available locally?
  • Has your child been excluded from school?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, then there’s a good chance that they can help you. They won’t make decisions for you – they will talk through the options available, the possible outcomes and help you make an informed decision.

Find out more

There is a range of information available on their website, including downloadable leaflets which can also be translated using the “Browsealoud” tool.

Thye also have a separate website for children and young people with SEND – “The CHYP Shop” – which has a range of opportunities for young people to get involved.

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View full details of National Organisation - Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

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About

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a charity operating in England.

IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

For more information, please visit the IPSEA website

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View full details of Parent Group - One Voice: Coventry's Parent Carer Forum

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"Working together for change”

Are you interested in helping to influence and shape services for disabled children and young people in Coventry?

If so, this group is for you.

The One Voice Parents' Group is a group of parents who have come together to help influence, shape and develop services for Children and Young People 0-25 yrs with a disability and/or additional need in Coventry.

The One Voice Parents' Group is an independent parent carer forum, we receive the DfE Participation Grant and this is facilitated through the charity Contact.

We link with and are part of the National Network of Parent Carers Forum (NNPCF).

We aim to:

  • work together with other parent/carers and develop partnerships with key stakeholders across education, health and social care.
  • Raise awareness of the impact of a wide range of disabilities
  • Influence decision makers
  • Provide views based on personal experiences
  • Share information and provide opportunities for parents/ carers to participate 

If you would like to join our mailing list and/or get more involved please get in touch, we are always looking for parents to get involved in developing the work of the forum.

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View full details of SENDIASS In Partnership Bulletin

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Coventry’s SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) work together with local partners to produce an “In Partnership” e-bulletin once every half term.

The bulletin contains information about and links to:

  • Local and national updates in relation to SEND
  • Changes in policies and procedures in education, health and care
  • Opportunities to get involved in shaping services in Coventry 

Current and past issues of the In Partnership Bulletin

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View full details of The CHYP Shop

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About

The  CHYP Shop is the young people’s area of the SEND Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS).

It is a one stop shop for Children and Young People with SEND.

The CHYP Shop is a website where children and young people can ask questions about school, life or anything they are interested or concerned about.

This website is a place for children and young people with special needs to find out information that will help them make important decisions independently.

The CHYP Shop website is also a place for children and young people with SEND to have their voices heard.

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