Sheffield SEND Information and Advice Service (SSENDIAS)

Sheffield SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SSENDIAS) are a statutory service.  They support young people, parents/carers of children and young people (0-25 years old) who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

SSENDIAS offer impartial, confidential information, advice & support to parents/carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.  This is for education and related health and social care needs.

They are joint commissioned and funded by The Local Authority and Integrated Care Board.

Who can refer

  • Young people, parents and carers can refer themselves to SSENDIAS.
  • Professionals are not able to refer families but can speak to SSENDIAS for generic advice.

Guidelines for referrals

  • Child or young person 0- 25 has special educational needs. They do not need a diagnosis.
  • Child or young person does not need to attend a Sheffield School/ college but must live in Sheffield. All Councils have a SENDIAS service. Find your local IAS service

They can help with

  • Explaining SEND law, legislation, policies, both national and local.
  • Your rights and options
  • SEN Support in nurseries, schools, colleges, and other educational establishments
  • Advice around Education Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment and Plans
  • Suspension & Exclusion advice
  • Support to resolve disagreements and complaints procedures.
  • SEND Mediation and Appeals
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • School transport
  • Preparing for educational transitions
  • Communication between you and other services
  • Advocacy for children, young people and families
  • Signposting to voluntary and other agencies

They offer

    • SEN Support
    • EHC Needs Assessment
    • Checking a draft plan
    • Transition and your options.
  • A website containing useful SEND information.
  • A newsletter each term.
  • Social media channels on both Facebook and Instagram
  • An advice line to discuss your query and offer information and advice. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, with a voicemail service at all times.
  • Appointments with caseworkers or Young Peoples Involvement Officer for complex cases.  Please call the advice line, email, or fill in the contact form on their website.
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