On this page, you can get advice and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families. You can search the advice and information directory below to find out about services in Derby and nationally where families can receive support and guidance.
Click the orange button to find out about support groups, helplines and much more:
Some of the key organisations in Derby
- Derby SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) 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.
- Disability Direct aims to empower disabled people to make their own choices and improve their quality of life and independent living opportunities through the provision of information, advice and advocacy.
- Fun-abili8y is a leisure and developmental programme for young disabled people aged 3-25 years who live in Derby with any type and degree of disability. Fun-abili8y runs a variety of specialist clubs, one to one community support and a holiday programme of trips and activities in each school holiday.
- Light House is the home of the Integrated Disability Children’s Service (IDCS) which is a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency service aimed at meeting some of the needs of disabled children aged 0 to 17 years and families.
- Parent Carers Together is an independent, non-political group that represents parents and carers of children and young people 0-25 years with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Derby City.
- Ronnie McKeith Centre provides specialist medical and therapeutic support for children and young people with long-term health conditions. The team also supports families and carers with a well-used service which provides information.
- Umbrella, supports families living in Derby providing a range of exciting activities drop in and offers an advice, support and signposting service to other agencies and services.
Some other support organisations
- Contact is 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.
- Global Mediation provides mediation advice across the East Midlands region. The service is free of charge to users and can be accessed by telephoning 0800 064 4488. It provides neutral and independent advice on the mediation process and can refer you to a mediation provider, if appropriate.
- Independent Parental Special Education Advice (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 and disabilities. They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
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 SEND in Derby
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 support from the Local Authority. To contact the Early Help Team, telephone 01332 256666.
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