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SENDIASS Southend
Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service
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Who We Are

SENDIASS Southend are the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service for families in Southend-on-Sea.

The SENDIASS Service are trained by IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Education Advice) through the National IASS network. Each of our team members complete 90 hours of accredited legal training.

We provide information and advice about the law on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) including:

  • the local authority‚Äôs policies and procedures
  • the policy and practice in local schools and other settings
  • the Local Offer 
  • health and social care where it is linked to education

The service is for any parent or carer of a child with SEND.

Parents, carers and young people can contact the service themselves.

We provide access to information that is:

  • clear
  • accurate
  • relevant
  • based on legislation 

This will help you take part in decisions about you or your child.

We aim to help you to feel confident to have your say and feel heard.  We are not an advocacy service and we do not speak on your behalf.  We do not favour either side.  We do not have influence over the outcome of any meetings.

You may find the answers to some of your questions by:

  • looking through the information here on our web pages
  • viewing our social media channels

If you can't find the answers to your questions, you can get in touch by phone,  by email, or by using our contact us form.

You choose which works best for you. 

Our service leaflets are available in the ten most commonly spoken languages in Southend schools, as determined by the schools census 2020:

  • Albanian
  • Bengali
  • Chinese (simplified font)
  • Czech
  • Malay
  • Polish
  • Portugese
  • Romanian
  • Tamil
  • Urdu

Please contact us to request a copy of our leaflet, identifying your preferred language from those listed above.