Lancashire SEND IAS

Lancashire SEND IAS

Information, advice and support for Special Educational Needs and Disability

Training and information events

We organise training for parents, carers and professionals on various topics throughout the year, they are publicised on our events page.

We often work directly with parents to deliver our training and also co-produce sessions with other organisations and teams, such as Lancashire Parent Carer Forum, Designated Clinical Officers and Lancashire schools.

Regular events

Our group workshop sessions for parents have time for questions and general discussion so not only advice from us but other parents who have been in a similar position

We are planning to add other courses and increase the number of courses we run, as they have proved popular with parents and carers.

We regularly run the following online workshops:

School Meetings – Making them Matter

To give you hints and tip on how to have a successful meeting with school or college, to think about what you want the meeting to achieve and the questions you need to ask to get there;

School Admissions – Understanding the process

The differences in the process for children with an EHC plan and those without, parental preference and the deadlines

SEN Support in Schools - What is it? – How do you get it?

Getting support for your child in school without an education health and care (EHC) plan.

Annual Reviews- Why have them? – What are they for?

Understand the process, timescales and what should happen.

Find Out About SEND – what is it, what should happen, who is responsible?

This is an overview of the SEND process in schools and most suited to parents and carers who are at the beginning of seeking SEND support for their child or young person.

Other events

We have arranged training to provide you with information on the law surrounding the following topics and what you should expect from the authority:

  • The Exclusion Process – How it should happen
  • If Your Child is Out of Education
  • Post 16 – What Happens Next

We also fund other agencies and external services to run courses for parents and carers on our behalf.

These have included:

  • Barnardo's - Who are setting up a 'Supporting Siblings' to run alongside the existing Cygnet Course for parents with ASD.
  • Trinity SNAP (Special Needs Partnership) - Trinity have provided Yr 6-7 Transition Workshops, Making sense of SEND and Return 2 school course for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.
  • NLDG North Lancs Direction Group - NLDG helped set up and run the Return 2 school courses – for families with children and young people with SEND – these were over the summer holidays to help with children returning to school after a lockdown period.

Arrange an event

We can offer talks to other services, parent groups, children and young people, schools, and professionals to explain what our service offers and how we can help.

If you would like us to come and talk to your group about who we are and what we do please contact us.