Who are we and what do we do?

This section includes information on:

1. Who we are and what we do

2. SENDIASS for children and young people

3. The service is confidential and impartial

4. What do you provide information, advice and support on?

5. How do we provide support?

 

Who are we and what do we do?

SENDIASS stands for special educational needs and disability information, advice and support service.

What this means is that we aim to help children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs or a disability (and their parents) make choices and decisions about matters surrounding their special educational needs or disability with confidence.

SENDIASS for children and young people

If you are a young person (post compulsory school age 16-25) you can receive our support independent of, or together with your parents.

If you are under 16, you should still have your say about your special educational needs or disability support. Your views and opinions should be taken into consideration and you should be involved in decisions and discussions about your special educational needs or disability.

The service is confidential and impartial

Impartial – SENDIASS is a service that is at arms length from the local authority. This means that we do not favour one side over another.

Confidential – This means that your information will not be shared outside the service unless you give us permission or if there is a public interest concern (for example if you may be at risk).

What do you provide information, advice and support on?

We have created some fact sheets for children and young people on the following topics:

  • Education, health and care plans
  • Education, health and care needs assessment process
  • Finding out about what support is available near you (the local offer)
  • Who am I? – This explains who does what when it comes to supporting your special educational needs
  • Personalisation and personal budgets
  • Post-16 support

We also have more in depth information on the above, and information on more topics on our parent page here. The topics mentioned on that page are below:

  • Post-16 support
  • Education, health and care plans
  • Education, health and care needs assessments
  • Child and parent participation
  • Exclusions
  • Support when things go wrong – making a complaint etc
  • Special educational needs support and funding
  • Personalisation and personal budgets
  • Explaining the special educational needs system – who does what
  • Choosing a school
  • How progress should be monitored and reviewed
  • Early years support

Don’t worry if your query is not mentioned above, or if you would prefer to speak to someone. Please get in touch!

How do we provide support?

By phone - you can call us and speak to one of our friendly and experienced staff. Please call us on 01904 554312.

Face-to-face

By emailyorksendiass@york.gov.uk

Community support – We attend community events by invite

Written information – We have a range of information and fact sheets available specifically for children and young people on our website – www.yor-ok.org.uk/SENDIASS

Support at discussions and meetings

Explain special educational needs issues/ processes

Help to write letters/ emails

Home Visits

We can come with you to visit a new school or college

We can help you to access the services you need

Put you in touch with other services that could help you.

These are just some of the ways that we provide support. If you need support that is different please get in touch.

There are some informative videos surrounding special educational needs and disability support created by the council for disabled children. Please visit their YouTube channel here.

 

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