Special Education Needs Useful Links
The following links to websites are provided as a means of support for parents and professionals for accessing further information regarding SEND.
Parental Special Education Advice (Known as IPSEA) is a registered charity. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.
Find information regarding: Transition, Local Authority duties, School duties, Early Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments, Early Health and Care (EHC) plans, changing an Early Health and Care (EHC) plan, Personal budgets/direct payments, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Tribunal, Mediation, Challenging decisions, Jargon buster, FAQ by topic, Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disability law, Important case law, Model letters, Mental capacity, Exclusion from school, Disability discrimination, Home to school/college transport, Still have a statement?
SEND: guide for parents and carers
A guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
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SEND support: easy-read guide for parents
A guide for parents with learning disabilities, explaining changes to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) system.
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Portage is an educational home-visiting service for pre-school children who have significant special educational needs and disabilities.
Find information regarding: how portage works, eligibility for portage, sharing information with professionals and contact information
Family Information Network Directory (FIND)
The FIND database includes information about disabled children up to 18 years old in Lancashire. Families are invited to submit details about their disabled child to the database, which is used to develop an overview of the needs of disabled children across the county to assist with planning services. The FIND service is strictly confidential - no individual information about any children or their families is shared with anyone. Every family recorded on the FIND database receives a quarterly newsletter free of charge to help keep them informed about services and support which may be relevant.
Find information regarding: Family Information Network Directory (FIND), Sign up to the database and contact details
Contact a Family
A national charity for families with disabled children providing information, advice and support. They bring families together so they can support each other. They campaign to improve their circumstances and for their right to be included and equal in society.
Find information regarding: Medical information, Knowing your rights, Advice and support, How to get involved and Professionals working with families
Information, Advice and Support Services Network for SEND
The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) supports and promotes the work of Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England. They are based a the Council for Disabled Children.
Find information regarding: Finding your local service, Advice and support services, Parents, children and young people resources
Is a Lancashire group based in Chorley, providing activities supporting disabled children and their families. High Five is a group run by volunteer parents.
Find information regarding: Events and fundraising
Special Needs Jungle
Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about Children and Young People with Special Needs, Disability, Health Conditions and Rare Diseases.
Find information regarding: Legal matters, SEND Reforms and Legal links, Resources and community news and events, health, SEND Research, Special Needs Jungle Training, glossary of SEND terms
Education Health and Care Plans for Children and Young People with SEN and Disabilities.This ASK Research, Department for Education and Department for Health website shows the EHC process from the perspective of families and aims to support areas to improve local services.
Find information regarding: Parents views about their experiences of the EHC process, including their likes and expectations about the process. Listen to and learn from families' experiences, Read families’ journeys through the EHC process and Checking local practice.