Who we are
Central Bedfordshire SENDIASS a statutory service, at “arms length” from the Local Authority, that provides FREE impartial & confidential information, advice and support for parents/carers, children and young people (0 to 25 years) in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in an educational setting.
What we do
Central Bedfordshire SENDIASS can help in a number of ways including:-
- Offering advice on our telephone helpline or through emails
- Meeting you at one of our drop ins
- Attending meetings with you including school meetings, mediations, TACs
- Helping you with paperwork such as EHC needs assessment requests and SEND tribunal appeals
- Signposting you to other support groups or organisations which may be able to offer you specialist support
SENDIASS Partnership Officers are independently trained in SEND law and practice, which is validated by IPSEA. Areas covered by the service include educational law (with regards to SEN) and disability, health and social care legislation.
Why do we have volunteers
We are a small team but are lucky to have a group of volunteers helping us. Volunteers have backgrounds and experience in SEND, either through their professional roles or own experiences. They also receive some training in SEND legislation. Our volunteers mean that we are able to support more people however, if you do meet one of our volunteers, please keep in mind that, whilst experienced, they are not SENDIASS officers and are giving their time voluntarily.
We may be contacted by phone, email, text, Facebook, Twitter and through an on-line self-referral form on the Central Bedfordshire website.