SENDIASS Rutland offers free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) as well as young people themselves.
We can offer you advice and information on key issues like Special Educational Needs and provision. We can also offer support on Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Plans and matters relating to social care and health.
We can also give you practical support with tasks such as:
Contact us to discuss how we can support you.
SENDIASS stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service.
At SENDIASS Rutland we can provide information and advice for:
For more about the Rutland service, go to our About SENDIASS Rutland page.
The information, advice and support we provide is confidential, impartial and non-judgemental, so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.
You can also find out more in our SENDIASS Frequently Asked Questions.
SENDIASS Rutland has been very aware of the anxiety that COVID19 has been causing during these challenging times. Since March, we have continued to provide our service to all parents/carers, children/young people, and professionals.
As we move into winter, we would like to reassure you that our service will continue to be available. This means that you can access our services through phone, email, our website and social media for impartial information, advice and support. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you want to discuss your concerns.
Following Government advice, we’d like to make you aware that we will not be delivering workshops. However, we have been developing online workshops, which you can access via our website and youtube.
SENDIASS Rutland can offer impartial help and support to Military Families with a child or young person who has additional needs and/or a disability. This page details how we can support you and your family, as well as some additional details and resources that may benefit you.
Provide information and advice for:
Some of the things we can support you with:
For more, visit our About SENDIASS Rutland page.
Rutland County Council (RCC) also has a variety of information that may benefit you and your family. Their Armed Forces Officer provides specific support to those in the forces and their family in Rutland. You can also contact the Rutland Armed Forces Champions. Rutland is also signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care. For the Rutland Local Offer, follow this link.
For general SEND services, organisations and resources, visit our Useful Organisations page.
The Armed Forces Covenant focusses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen. This includes, education and family wellbeing, having a home and access to healthcare.
The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world – on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle. AFF is independent of the Army and offers confidential advice.
The Army Welfare Service (AWS) is the Army’s professional welfare provider; it delivers a comprehensive and confidential welfare service responsive to the needs of individuals, families and the Chain of Command in order to maximise the operational effectiveness of Service Personnel.
Army & You is a magazine for everyone with a soldier in their life and is the flagship publication of the Army Families Federation – you can find a variety of articles and information, including content on supporting families with SEND.
CEAS provides advice, support and guidance regarding the educational well-being of the children and young people belonging to families in all 3 services and eligible MOD civilians who are based overseas. All advice given is impartial, child-centred and focuses on the best interests of the individual. Army families with children with SEND are required to register with CEAS, while RAF and Naval families are encouraged to register. The CEAS team is comprised of qualified teachers and experienced case advisors who can answer queries predominantly via email and telephone. CEAS provides authoritative, confidential, impartial advice to service and eligible MOD civilian families on a wide range of educational issues including:
Cobseo, as the Confederation of Service Charities, provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community. This allows Cobseo Members to interact with all interested parties and especially to cooperate and collaborate with others in order to provide the best possible level of support to beneficiaries.
The FANDF provide families and individuals with an opportunity to discuss ways of ensuring that both children and adults with additional needs and disabilities have access to the best support available. Membership is free.
The Naval Families Federation (NFF) is the independent voice of Naval families and works to improve the quality of life for Naval families around the world – on any aspect that is affected by the Naval lifestyle. NFF is independent of the Navy and offers confidential advice.
The Royal Air Force Families Federation (RAF-FF) is the independent voice of Royal Air Force families and works to improve the quality of life for RAF families around the world – on any aspect that is affected by the RAF lifestyle. RAF-FF is independent of the Royal Air Force and offers confidential advice.
Service Children In State Schools (SCISS) is a voluntary affiliated network of state–maintained schools in England that have any number of Service children on roll. SCISS is led by a National Executive Advisory Committee (NEAC) comprising of headteachers; Local Authority officers/advisers; representatives from the three Armed Forces Families Federations and representatives from the Service Children Progression Alliance (SCiP), the DfE and the MOD’s Directorate for Children and Young People (DCYP) Global Education Team.
Tri-Service military charity offering practical and emotional help to all members, current and past, of the armed forces.
They exist to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.
The Royal British Legion are the country’s largest Armed Forces charity, with 235,000 members, 110,000 volunteers and a network of partners and charities; helping us give support wherever and whenever it’s needed.
The Veterans’ Gateway put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the advice and support they need. They also have an App that helps veterans find support organisations in their area.
Moving frequently as part of the military lifestyle can be challenging, particularly if you have a child or young person with SEN or SEND. Often families have the child’s statement or EHCP agreed in one LA then move to another LA with a different Local offer for education, health and social care provision; you may feel that you are having to start the process all over again or are not getting the same provision.
The good news is that the SEND Code of Practice 0- 25 Chapter 10 pp.219 – recognises the unique needs of Service children with SEN and SEND and the possible impact that Service-induced mobility and deployment may have on their specific needs. This Code of Practice attempts to meet the aspirations of the Armed Forces Covenant, which has a commitment to prevent or reduce some of the potential disadvantages faced by Service families.
So, all those with statutory responsibilities towards Service children with SEN should ensure that the impact of their policies, administrative processes and patterns of provision do not disadvantage such children because of their Service-related lifestyle.
This means that those providing education should ensure that there is a process to enable all relevant records for Service children with SEN to be sent and received by the schools on moving, in the UK and overseas, to enable effective planning. This should ideally be done before your child attends the new school.
The majority of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are able to have their needs met in their local mainstream school. However, in a very few cases, settings are unable to meet children and young people’s SEND needs from within the resources ordinarily available to them and it may be necessary to consider a request for an EHC Needs Assessment. If this is the case, and an EHC Needs Assessment is agreed by the Local Authority, then: