Parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability can get free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support from SENDIASS.  Our support includes:

  • the opportunity for you to talk things through and voice your concerns
  • information and advice about the range of local services you may be entitled to
  • support when writing letters to a school or local authority
  • information from trained staff about the law on SEN and disability, health and social care
  • help with education, health and care plan needs assessment and processes
  • advice on issues around school placement
  • support at meetings (with appropriate notice)
  • information on who to contact if you’re not happy with a decision that has been made
  • advice on exclusions
  • information about other organisations that might be helpful to you
  • information booklets on a range of topics

We also provide:

  • talks to groups and organisations
  • information workshops for parents and carers on a range of relevant topics
  • an annual conference with informative workshops for parents about SEND issues

For our most common questions, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.  Please see our listing in the local offer directory for more information about our services.


Support groups

We run a support group for parents with primary age children with autism and special educational needs.  Come and meet other parents, share and learn from others’ experiences in a supportive environment and get professional advice.  Please be advised there are no groups scheduled for the rest of this term.  We'd like to hear from you if you're:

  • a parent or carer of a child with special educational needs
  • running a parent/carer support group but need additional input or ideas
  • interested in setting up a new parent/carer support group and would like some initial input and advice

We can offer you on-going advice and support to help get your new group up and running or to make certain that your existing group is able to continue and attracts new members.

If you'd like more information please contact us at or on 020 8359 7637.


Reference materials

We have a range of information leaflets to help advise and guide parents.


We also publish an Annual Report that sets out our objective and achievements each year.  Our 2016/17 report is currently with our Advisory Group for approval.




We only accept referrals from parents and carers. Professionals working with parents and carers are encouraged to support them in contacting the service.  


SEND assurance


An advisory group makes sure that the Barnet SEND Information, Advice and Support Service provides the right support and information to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs. Please see our terms of reference for details.


Barnet SEND evaluation survey

We want to make sure that we are meeting your needs. We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the Evaluation Survey and return it to us.