Warwickshire Sendiass

Welcome to Barnardo’s Warwickshire SENDIASS. We offer advice and support around various topics relating to Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND) for children and young people aged 0-25 living in Warwickshire and their parents or carers.

Barnardo's Warwickshire

We offer telephone and email advice, updates on social media, information packs, virtual and face-to-face 1-1 support, drop-in sessions, online and face-to-face workshops, training for professionals and support to young people who access our service independently.

Our opening hours are Monday - Friday, 9 am-4.30 pm.

For more information, advice and support, contact us by email warwickshiresendiass@barnardos.org.uk, by phone at 01788 593159 or visit our Facebook page.

What is Warwickshire's SEND local offer?

Warwickshire’s SEND local offer brings together information about the local services and support available across education, health and social care for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25, who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

If you are interested in volunteering at Warwickshire Sendiass please email us.

This website is in development, and we will add more helpful information over the next few months.

Below is a list of useful links with additional information to help answer any questions.

Code of Practice - Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25.

Council for Disabled Children - providing resources and guidance

Contact - Providing advice and support for families of disabled children

IPSEA - Independent advisor of special educational advice

SENJungle – Parent-led resources and information and informed opinion about children and young people

Child advice law site



Barnardos Warwickshire SENDIASS

What is SENDiass?

SENDiass stands for special educational needs and disability information advice and support service. Children, young people and their parents and carers where a child or young person has or may have special educational needs or a disability are able to access the service for free, impartial and confidential information and advice.

“Local authorities must arrange for children with SEN or disabilities for whom they are responsible, and their parents, and young people with SEN or disabilities for whom they are responsible, to be provided with information and advice about matters relating to their SEN or disabilities, including matters relating to health and social care.”

SEND Code of Practice 2014, DfE

What is SEND?

SEND stands for special educational need or disability. If a child is struggling to make progress in nursery, school or college it is possible that they may have special educational need or disability. A child or young person with SEND needs provision which is different from or additional to that available to others of the same age. A child’s needs should be identified and the provision should match the identified needs.

The SEND Code of Practice identifies four broad areas of need and support:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Sensory and/or physical needs