Central Bedfordshire Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service

About the Central Bedfordshire Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service (SENDIASS)

This is a statutory service, working at arm’s length from the authority and offers a free confidential support service for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

What we do

We offer a range of services:

  • free, confidential and impartial information relating to your child’s special educational needs
  • drop-in sessions for parents and carers about the services available in Bedfordshire
  • print regular newsletters to provide help and advice
  • trained independent volunteers that may be able to support at a meeting with either the school or local authority
  • provide information regarding parents’ rights and responsibilities, and who you can talk to about your child

How do we do this?

We do this by:

  • inviting you to one of our information sessions for parents and carers if you or your school has asked for a statutory assessment
  • providing support for parents / carers in meetings with schools and the local authority
  • providing advice about how to get your child’s special educational needs assessed
  • offer a telephone helpline
  • providing a range of leaflets on different aspects of special educational needs
  • providing contact details of voluntary organisations and support groups
  • helping with filling in forms and writing letters
  • helping with reading through and understanding reports

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Email: sendiass@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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