SENDIASS is the Independent Advice and Support Service for parents.

The service is free.

They offer a range of help:

  • Info on local groups and services
  • Info on SEND laws
  • Info on local council procedures for SEND
  • Help to prepare for meetings (so you have your say and feel heard).

How can parents access SENDIASS?

Parents do not need anyone to refer them to SENDIASS. They can just get in touch:

Apart from English, their key leaflets are available in the ten most spoken languages in Southend Schools:

  • European:     Albanian, Czech, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian
  • Asian:           Bengali, Chinese (simplified font), Malay, Tamil, Urdu

The Local Offer:

The Local Offer is a website that is written for parents and families. It helps them know ‘what is out there’ for youngsters with SEND in our local area. It includes:

Support services

  • Health services (e.g.. Contacts for the NHS speech and language team)


  • Leisure activities (e.g. SEN sports clubs)

Our staff, SENDIASS and the Local Offer can all help parents through the SEND maze