Bucks SENDIAS Service

4. Volunteer SENDIAS Adviser

Duties and responsibilities of a volunteer SENDIAS adviser

Volunteer SENDIAS Advisers are trained volunteers who offer support to parents/carers of children and young people who have, or may have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Our trained volunteers commit to support us at least half a day  per week (or equivalent) as well as attending twice-termly specialist training sessions.

A Volunteer SENDIAS Adviser can help by:

  • Explaining letters and reports
  • Helping parents/carers with preparing letters and paperwork
  • Explaining jargon or how Local Authority processes work
  • Helping parents/carers prepare for meetings
  • Attending school or LA meetings with parents/carers
  • Helping parents/carers express and record their views
  • Talking through procedures, choices and the implications of choices
  • Helping parents/carers to be fully involved in the assessment and EHC Plan process

A Volunteer SENDIAS Adviser is not:

  • An advocate
  • A legal advisor
  • A negotiator
  • Here to win
  • A family counsellor

Who are our volunteers?

Volunteer SENDIAS Advisers come from a wide range of backgrounds. Our volunteers often join the SENDIAS team because they have an interest in special educational needs, have worked in education or are themselves a parent of a child with special educational needs.

We offer a comprehensive training programme and then ongoing termly training sessions and regular updates. We encourage our volunteers to come into the SENDIAS office to assist with answering the helpline and dealing with enquiries.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Volunteer SENDIAS Adviser please contact us on 01296 383754 or sendias@buckscc.gov.uk

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Last updated: 5 September 2019

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