Advice and Information

SEND - Information


This page is about how to get advice and support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. You can search the advice and information directory below to find out the services in Derby where families can receive support and guidance. If you know of a service, but cannot find them, we need to know.


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Where can I go for information, advice and support?

Derby SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides free, legally-based impartial, confidential and accessible information, advice and support for children, young people and parents/carers covering SEN, Disabilities, Health and Social Care.

Derby based organisation, Umbrella, enables disabled children, young people and young adults aged 0 to 30 to realise their full potential.

In Derby city, the Local Offer has been designed with feedback from young people and parents in mind.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA), a charity offering advice and support on SEN and Disabilities.

Contact are a charity for families with disabled children who bring together families and offer a range of support. They ‌have produced a very helpful booklet called The Helpful Guide for Families with Disabled Children. If you would prefer a hard copy of this guide, then you can order one from the Contact Website.

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We have a BSL signed video service to assist you if required.

Need an advocate?

Advocacy means having someone to help you express your views and wishes if you find it difficult to do this yourself.

An advocate is not there to provide information and advice.

Because an advocate should be independent, we don't directly provide an advocacy service but we do fund a local organisation to provide independent advocacy.

Understanding needs in Derby city

You can read our Derby City Needs Assessment for Disabled Children which was published in January 2014.

Early Help in Derby is focused on vulnerable families where there is a need for coordinated support from agencies to prevent issues escalating to the point where families may require statutory Social Care services. To contact the Early Help Team, telephone 01332 256666.

Learning difficulties 

Some children may have extra needs sometimes known as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Children may have a learning disability (LD) if they meet any of the following:

  • they have been identified within education services as having a Special Educational Need
  • they score lower than two standard deviations below the mean on a validated test of general cognitive functioning (equivalent to an IQ score of less than 70) or general development
  • they have been identified as having learning disabilities on locally held disability registers.

We want to hear from you!

Don't forget we are always wanting your feedback.

Local Offers Explained

The Buzz, the website for deaf young people aged 8-18 in the UK, from the National Deaf Children's Society. has created a useful video that explains more about the Local Offer.

Useful forms