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 are 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.
SENDIASS offers impartial information, advice and support to:
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.
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.
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.