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Support groups and advice
As a parent, carer or young person with SEND there are a number of services that offer independent advice and information to help you understand the complicated world of special educational needs. Please have a look at the different services that can offer advice below.
KIAS stands for the Kirklees Independent Advice and Support service.
KIAS (formerly known as Parent Partnership Service) is a statutory, free, impartial and confidential service, working with Parents/Carers, Children and Young People.
The service offers information, advice and support relating to a child or young person’s Special Educational Needs and/or disability and is available to anybody living within the Kirklees area.
A child or young person means aged 0-25 years.
Parents and Young People can self-refer via telephone, email or through the contact us page on this website – however a Professional can also refer with your consent.
You can contact KIAS via their website (opens new page) or by phone on 0300 3301504
Calderdale and Kirklees Sendiass is a dedicated service for parents, carers, children and young people providing free, impartial and confidential Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support.
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. 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 (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
Contact support families of children with a disability. They work in three closely linked ways:
- Supporting families with advice and guidance
- Bring families together
- Help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
You can contact “Contact” via their website (opens new page) or by phone on 0808 808 3555
PCAN (Parents of Children with Additional Needs Making a Difference in Kirklees)
PCAN is an independent, parent led forum for all parents and carers of children/young people (aged 0-25 years) with additional needs in Kirklees. PCAN welcomes any parent or carer, whether they are just becoming aware that their child may have additional needs or whether they have a child with a confirmed diagnosis.
PCAN provides information to help parents and their children, a chance to meet and network with other parents through events and social media, and works with local service providers to ensure that parents have their say in the design and delivery of local services for their children.
The PCAN website and closed Facebook group is updated regularly with information and updates about events and activities relevant to parent carers and their children. Members of PCAN will receive a quarterly newsletter. It is free to join - just follow the link on the website. PCAN are a voluntary organisation run by Trustees who are all parents of children with additional needs.
The following organisations can also provide support and advice (All links open new page):