With dedicated officers working across the borough SENDIASS aims to help parents/carers, children and young people make informed decisions about their education.
The service plays a key role in making sure that your views are heard and understood and that these views are fed back to influence local policy and practice.
South Tyneside Council has a legal duty to provide this service to you and all SENDIASS services are confidential and impartial.
How can SENDIASS help you?
The service offers parents/carers, children and young people information, advice and support on:
- matters relating to their disabilities, health and social care
- the law in relation to SEN and disability, health and social care
- gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to your situation
- the take-up and management of personal budgets
- how Special Educational Needs are identified and assessed by schools and South Tyneside Council
- who to talk to in school about your concerns
- meetings and reviews about your child's needs
- how progress is monitored and reviewed
- the SEN Code of Practice, Statutory Assessment, Statements of Special Educational Needs, and the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
- how to request a Statutory Assessment of your/your child's Special Educational Needs
- rights and responsibilities
- what to do if you are not happy with a decision made about your child's SEN, including information on the Local Authority's processes for resolving disagreements, complaints procedures and means of redress
- local policy and practice
- the local offer
- details of local and national organisations, which may be able to offer help and support in relation to your child's needs
- the service can also provide help with filling in forms and expressing your point of view in writing