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Useful SEND Links

Many charities and organisations are producing their own guides and fact sheets, etc. to help with the implementation of the SEN reforms.

Here are a few examples:

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England - the only national body that brings together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice.  A vast amount of information is available under the heading 'Resources'.

 Easy read guides to the SEND reforms for parents and young people

The Dyslexia SpLD Trust has provided online guidance for schools and local authorities to support the implementation of the SEND reforms, for children and young people with literacy difficulties, specific learning difficulties and dyslexia.  You can either view the full guidance or download individual resources.

Dyslexia Action has provided similar guidance for parents and carers.

Contact a Family have a number of advice pages available including

Changing from the old system to the new,

SEN Support,

Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment,

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans,

the Local Offer and

Jargon Buster.

The DfE has produced a guide for parents 'Special Education Needs and Disability: A guide for parents and carers'


 Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity which 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 SEN and disabilities.  IPSEA has free resources available at to help families.

WISA (Wiltshire Independent Support and Advice) Service

Action for Children have been awarded the contract to run the Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) for Wiltshire from 1 April 2015.

They are also running the Independent Support Service (IS) commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children so have decided to merge this service into the WISA (Wiltshire Independent Support and Advice) Service.  The service will focus primarily on ensuring that the voice of the child/young person is heard and ensure they can fulfil their dreams and aspirations through navigating families through the Education and Healthcare Planning process.

If you require further information please contact Action for Children either on 01380 813393 or email