Information, advice and support to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This includes health and social care where it is linked to education.
A free, confidential and impartial service based in Kent. Staff and volunteers are independently trained in SEND.
A Steering Group which includes parents, young people, representatives from local voluntary groups, children's services, parent/carer forum, education and social care. Together we plan the services we offer across Kent.
About the Information Advice and Support Service
We Can Give You
- The law on Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability, Health and Social Care where they link to education
- Local policy and practice
- Personal budgets and working together (personalisation)
- The Local Offer
- Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and Statements of SEN
- Moving from a statement to a EHC plan or stages of education, this is called transition
- Mediation and dispute resolution, Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal Service and complaints procedures
- Gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to your own situation
- Signposting to other services for information, advice and support
- What to do when things go wrong
- How to get the best from a meeting
- Preparing for and attending meetings
- Writing letters
- Understanding reports
- The EHC Plan process and annual reviews
- Admissions and Exclusions
- Post 16 provision
- Working in partnership with schools and the local authority to develop positive relationships