Bucks SENDIAS Service
1. Bucks SENDIAS
About the SENDIAS service
We provide free, confidential, impartial information, advice and support on all matters relating to special educational needs and disability for children and young people aged 0 to 25 and their parents/carers.
How we help
We offer accurate and up to date resources and information about the law on special educational needs and disability, covering:
- education, health and social care
- national and local policy
- the Local Offer
- your rights and choices
- your opportunities to participate
- where you can find help and advice
- how you can access this support.
We can help by directing children, young people and parents to other and additional sources of advice, information and support that may be available locally or nationally. We offer this service by email, on the telephone, face to face, and through work with groups or in training.
We offer individual casework and representation for those who need it, this includes:
- support in attending meetings, contributing to assessments and reviews and participating in decisions about outcomes for the child or young person
- directing children, young people, parents and those who support and work with them to additional support services where needed
We can also help by supporting children, young people, and parents:
- in arranging or attending early disagreement resolution meetings
- in managing mediation, appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), exclusions and complaints on matters related to SEN and disability
- by making children, young people and parents aware of the local authority's services for resolving disagreements and for mediation, and on the routes of appeal and complaint on matters related to SEN and disability
- providing advice through individual casework and through work with parent carer support groups, local SEN youth forums or disability groups, or training events
Disabilities and special educational needs defined
You're disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a 'substantial' and 'long-term' negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
Children and young people with SEN all have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children and young people of the same age. These children and young people may need extra or different help from that given to others.
Buckinghamshire SENDIAS Service is a statutory service provided by Buckinghamshire Council. It was created by the former Buckinghamshire County Council in response to the Children and Families Act 2014.
Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014 makes clear that local authorities, in carrying out their functions under the Act in relation to disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (SEN), must have regard to:
- the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and the child's parents
- the importance of the child or young person, and the child’s parents, participating as fully as possible in decisions, and being provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions
- the need to support the child or young person, and the child’s parents, in order to help with the development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood
Last updated: 7 July 2021