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Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

Following guidance from the Government with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), before attending an activity, group, drop in, course or event listed on our directory please contact the organisation who is running the service to ensure it is still taking place.


COVID-19 Update

Sendiass continue to work remotely and are able to give the same range and level of support as before Covid-19. Parents and young people can email us, giving details of what help they need at Sendiass@wokingham.gov.uk. The telephone helpline is currently unmanned but you can leave a voicemail and we are picking up phone messages daily.

Updated: 25/11/2020

Description

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Special Educational Needs decision makers and provides free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance and support to:

  • Parents of children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities

We can support you from your initial concerns that you/your child may have SEN through to requesting and maintaining an Education, Health and Care Plan.

We aim to:

  • Encourage everyone to work together to get the best possible outcomes for every child or young person with SEND
  • Help parents, carers, children and young people to express their views and play an active role in decisions about their child's/their support
  • Provide high quiality information, advice and support to enable parents, carers and young people to make informed choices for their child or themselves

We are here to listen to any worries or concerns and provide a range of flexible services which include training and help with the following:

  • To understand and write reports and letters
  • With the Statutory Assessment process for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • With annual reviews
  • Support in meetings with school, college or early years setting
  • Support in meetings with education, health and social care professionals
  • To explore different options open to you for your child/young person’s education
  • Signpost to other organisations and support groups
  • Promote disagreement resolution where communication with a school or Local Authority is breaking down
  • Support if your child/young person is at risk of, or has been excluded from school
  • To explain the right of appeal through the SEN Tribunal system

We have produced a number of useful information leaflets to help you navigate the SEND system. These guides include a useful checklist to use when looking at schools, guidance on the process for moving from primary to secondary school and understanding the Education, Health and Carer assessment process. These are all available on the useful information pages of our website www.sendiasswokingham.org.uk

Annual report

Read the SENDIASS 2020 annual report which gives details of the work carried out during the academic year 2019/20. 

Referral by a professional

If you are a professional and would like to refer a parent, carer, child or young person you can do this by complete one of the request forms below. Consent by the person being referred will need to be obtained first:

How our service can help and support young people

Watch the video by the Council for Disabled Children, funded by the Department for Education to learn about the support on offer from Information, Advice and Support Services.

Website:
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
Provider:
Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council

Who to contact

Contact Name
Julie Monahan
Contact Position
SENDIASS Manager
Telephone
0118 908 8233
Email
sendiass@wokingham.gov.uk
Social Media

Where to go

Name
Wokingham Youth Centre
Address
35 Reading Road
Wokingham
Berkshire
Postcode
RG41 1EG

When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

Monday to Friday, 9:30am until 5pm 

Costs and Fee Information

Service/Activity is Free
Yes
How is the service funded
Local Authority

Facilities and Accessibility

Facilities
FREE Service

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
0 - 25 years
Eligibility Criteria

Children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Waiting List
Possibly for some services

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Who can refer
Self Referral
Referral notes

To maintain our impartiality from other services within the council, we prefer to take self-referrals.

If a professional you are working with (Doctor, Social Worker, School etc) feel that you may benefit from our service, they can provide you with our details, or they can contact us on your behalf with your permission to do so.

Provision For

Supporting people with
Sensory Impairment
Wheelchair Accessible
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Social Needs
Emotional Needs
Visual impairment
Children with Additional Needs
Behavioural
Learning and Communication
Mobility problems
Medical
Physical impairment
Other long term conditions
Hearing impairment

Quality Assurance

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

Local Offer logo
 
Website Links
Request support for a parent or carer form (PDF)
Request support for a child or young person (PDF)
Contact Name
Julie Monahan
Contact Telephone
0118 9088233
Contact Email
sendiass@wokingham.gov.uk
Data last checked: 25/11/2020
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