Southwark Information, Advice and Support Team (SIAS)

 

The Southwark Information Advice and Support (SIAS) team provides impartial, confidential advice and support about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to parents, carers and young people.
 

If you have sought information, advice or support from the SIAS Team, we would appreciate your feedback. Please complete the short feedback form at the following link: SIAS Feedback Form
 

  • Queries related to SEN (special educational needs) support in educational settings

  • Advice and support to request assessments for EHC Plans (Education, Health and Care Plans) and advice through the process
  • Help to prepare for SEND related meetings 

  • Support to resolve disagreements

  • Information, advice and guidance for young people aged 16-25  

  • Advice on options available to you based on relevant legislation and guidance 

  • School exclusions, where related to SEND

  • Training and information sessions throughout the year.  Topics include: starting primary and secondary school, pathways to employment, SEND tribunal appeals
     

You can watch this video to find out more about services provided by Information, Advice and Support teams.

Children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) aged 0-25 and their families.     

SIAS is a self-referral service which means that parents, carers and young people contact us directly to request assistance. There is no referral form.

Email: sias@southwark.gov.uk

Please allow up to five working days for a response to your email.

Telephone: 0207 525 3104

Our telephone line is open 9:00am - 5:00pm.  If the phone is busy you will be able to leave a message on our confidential answer phone, please leave your name and number, and a member of the team will call you back. 

Click here to book a slot at the virtual drop in. (every Tuesday, during school term-time, 9.30am - 1:30pm, a video or phone appointment with a SIAS advisor)

 

The service is funded by Southwark Council and is a statutory council service.

This service is free. 

Although we are funded by Southwark Council, we work at ‘arms-length’ from other local authority services.  This means that we are able to provide a confidential and impartial service to families and will not pass your information on to others unless instructed by you or unless it relates to a child protection concern.     

Further information

 

 

  • Child Law advice – specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents/carers.

 

  • Kidscape – provide anti-bullying information, advice and support. 

 

  • Details of other support and advocacy services specialising in health, social care and more can be found on this local offer page.    

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has produced the following videos to explain: