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

    We are a free, impartial and confidential service that provides information, advice and support to:

    • children and young people aged from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)
    • parents and carers of children and young people with SEND


    We also work with:

    • the local council in Dorset
    • education and training providers
    • the voluntary sector
    • other agencies

    We aim for parents and carers, children and young people to play an informed part in:

    • planning provision
    • agreeing outcomes to meet SEND


    What support we can provide:

    SENDIASS officers are trained in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).


    We will help you:

    • express your views for assessments or meetings
    • find other support
    • if there’s a disagreement
    • by listening to your concerns and talking to you about your choices and options


    Our service provides:

    • a telephone helpline with 24-hour voicemail
    • email advice line
    • face-to-face support
    • help to prepare for meetings
    • written information
    • signposting to other services and people who can help
    • support through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan process
    • our new ‘online’ drop in sessions

    For further information or advice please contact us