Who to contact for advice and guidance
If you think your child has special educational needs, or if you would like more information you should first speak to the professionals involved with your child, such as your child’s teacher, educational psychologist or speech and language therapist.
For further advice and guidance you can contact DIAS (see below). All local authorities must, by law, provide an information, advice and support service for SEND. This is an impartial, free service for parents, children and young people, which provides advice about all aspects of SEND support.
Devon Information, Advice & Support for SEND (DIAS) – 01392 383080
Devon Information Advice & Support for SEND provides children and young people with SEND, and their parents and carers, with impartial, confidential and free information, advice and support that they may need in order to make informed decisions about their next steps or future options. DIAS will also be able to help explain how the Local Offer in Devon works and signpost you to more information sources.
- Local information, advice and supportDevon Parent Carers' Voice (DPCV)
Pinpoint Devon gives you access to thousands of services and community groups across Devon, including SEND services and support groups, in a single search.
If you need general information on services for children with special needs or support to access services then get in touch with your local DISCplus information co-ordinator.
If you live in Exeter, Mid or East Devon contact call 0345 1551 013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Teignbridge, South Hams or West Devon contact Kristine Taylor on 01803 763505 or email email@example.com
If you live in Torridge or North Devon contact Amanda Smithson on 01271 384074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re not sure which co-ordinator you should speak to call MyDevon on 0345 1551 013.
The Family Information Service is a source of useful information for parents and carers of 0-19 year olds, including registered childcare and other services and support for children, young people and parents in Devon.
Care Direct offers information, advice and support about the adult social care system in Devon for young people aged 18+ and their families.National guidanceTraining
- GOV.UK – Children with special educational needs and disabilities
- Childcare Choices – can I get help with my childcare costs?
- GOV.UK guide for parents
- Carersmart.org – sign up to this website for offers, discounts and interesting articles
- Disability Rights UK – Guide to the Care Act
- SEND support: easy-read guide for children and young people
- Council for disabled children – SEND reforms: What children and young people need to know
- GLOSSARY of terms – ‘Jargon Buster’ from IPSEA
- Vision 2020 Starting Point – a resource for parent carers of children and young people with visual impairment
Makaton for Parents and Carers training is recommended for parents, family members, carers and workers who need to use Makaton at home and in their work.
Training sessions include: supporting a child with aggressive and challenging behaviours; supporting a child with autism; parent safety and breakaway techniques; understanding and supporting individuals with ADHD/ADD; understanding individuals with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
DIAS provides training for parent carers to attend meetings and achieve the best outcomes for their child.
DPCV provides training for parent carers to attend strategic meetings and represent other parent carers effectively.