Who to contact for advice and guidance
If you think your child has special educational needs, speak to the professionals already working with your child, such as your child’s teacher or GP.
All local authorities must, by law, provide an information, advice and support service for SEND. This is an impartial, confidential and free service for parents, children and young people, which provides advice about all aspects of SEND support.
There are also local SEND support groups, online groups, training and events to help parents cope with the challenges of parenting children with SEND.
- Devon Information, Advice and Support for SEND (DIAS)
What is DIAS?
Our dedicated team offer legally based and easily accessible impartial information and advice, to support children and young people aged 0 – 25 years, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers.
We can support you with areas such as;
- Preparing for meetings
- Expressing your views
- Understanding paperwork
- Resolving issues
- Where to find more information
How do I contact DIAS?
Phone: 01392 383080
- Devon Parent Carers' Voice (DPCV)
What is DPCV?
DPCV is Devon’s Parent Carer Forum. Parent Carer Forums are representative local groups of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities. They work alongside local authorities, education, health and other service providers to ensure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families.
If you want to have a say in improving services for children with additional needs and their families, contact DPCV.
How do I contact DPCV?
Phone: 07975 506069
- Local Support Groups
Pinpoint Devon gives you access to thousands of services and community groups across Devon, including SEND services and support groups, in a single search.
Disc Plus gives you information about local and national services for children with special needs. It produces a termly newsletter for families.
Call 0345 1551 013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family Information Service is a source of information for parents and carers of children in Devon. It includes registered childcare and other services and support for all children, young people and parents (not just those with SEND).
Contact is a national charity which provides a wide range of information, advice and support to families of children with disabilities.
Care Direct offers information, advice and support about the adult social care system in Devon for young people aged 18+ and their families.
Call 0345 1551 007 or email email@example.com
Devon Carers is an information and support service run by six organisations working together to improve the quality of services for all carers in Devon.
Call 03456 434 435
- Training and courses for parent carers
CEDA Bisnet (Behaviour Intervention support Network) offers various parent carer training sessions to support parents of children with autism, aggressive behaviour and attention difficulties
British Sign Language Courses are available throughout Devon.
Better Outcomes from Meetings can help parents to work positively and constructively with school staff and get more out of each meeting.
- National Guidance
- GOV.UK government overview of provision for children and young people with SEND
- GOV.UK guide to the SEND Code of Practice for parents
- GOV.UK SEND support: easy-read guide for children and young people
- Disability Rights UK – Guide to the Care Act
- Council for Disabled Children – Information for Parents
- Council for Disabled Children – SEND reforms: What children and young people need to know
- GLOSSARY of terms – ‘Jargon Buster’ from IPSEA
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