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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (RIASS)

If your child has special educational needs (SEN) or a disability it is sometimes difficult to know where to go to for help and advice. Rutland Information, Advice and Support Service for SEND, RIASS (formerly known as Rutland Parent Partnership Service), is based at Citizens Advice Rutland in Oakham. We provide free, confidential and impartial advice to children, young people and to their parents and carers about special educational needs, disability, health and social care.

We can help in many ways, including:

listening to your views, worries and concerns

advising about your legal rights and responsibilities

supporting you to give your views on what you want

explaining the assessment process for Education Health Care (EHC) Plans and supporting you through that process.  Further information about EHC plans

supporting and assisting in negotiations with schools or the local authority

supporting at meetings such as annual reviews and transition reviews

providing information on the SEND reforms  including information about the Local Offer, personal budgets, the local authority’s services for resolving disagreements and for mediation and information on complaints and appeals processes

signposting to additional sources of advice, information and support

Advice from the RIASS is available by contacting Jay Tomlinson at Citizens Advice Rutland on 01572 723494

We have put together a series of links to support groups and other organisations that provide help related to Special Educational Needs.

Useful Links

Rutland's SEND Local Offer

There are local SEN links on RCC’s Local Offer pages : Rutland's SEND Local Offer


ACE provides advice and information to parents and carers on a wide range of school based issues including exclusion, admissions, special education needs


A national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All advice is given by trained volunteers. Information on a range of issues is available online and IPSEA also provides telephone advice lines including a Tribunal helpline

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Coram Children's Legal Centre provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals in all areas of family, child and education law, as well as immigration, asylum and nationality law, including domestic violence, child protection and school admissions.Information and advice is provided through telephone advice lines, online information and individual case


ADD & ADHD for expert advice on Attention Deficit Disorders

National Autistic Society

The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.


Mencap is the UK's leading learning disability charity.


Offers advice and support for mental health problems; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.

Anti-bullying Alliance

Works to stop bullying and create a safe environment for children and young people to live, grow, play and learn

Website: http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Carers UK

Information, advocacy and network of local groups for carers of all kinds

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