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Share your views on our service!

The week commencing 5th February, the Bradford SENDIASS service has Barnardos Internal Audit Inspectors coming in to look at our service.

They would really appreciate it if any parent/carers would be willing to take the time to speak to them about their experiences and thoughts about the service.

This could either be on Teams or face-to-face on Wednesday 7th February at 4.30pm.

If you would like to be involved, please email Debbie Jowett at

If you cannot attend the face-to-face or virtual meeting, feel free to send an email with your views to Debbie via email.


Our Latest Newsletter!

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December 2023 - January 2024

Anti Bullying Week - 13th November 2023

Anti-Bullying Week 2023 is coordinated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year it has the theme 'Make A Noise About Bullying' and will take place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November. The week will be kicked off with Odd Socks Day on Monday 13th November, where adults and children wear odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.

Anti-Bullying Week 2023: Make A Noise About Bullying (


Kooth provide free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling for children and young people aged 10-18 years old. The whole team are made up of friendly and experienced individuals who want to help you.

Click here to visit their website to find out more!

SEND Parent Carer Voice

SEND Parent Carer voice is important and we have designed the 2023 Annual Parent Carer Survey with input from parent carers and support groups. We want to know about your experiences of support for your children with SEND throughout the Bradford District. We would be really grateful if you could take 10 minutes to complete the survey anonymously. The findings from the survey will be shared with health, education and social care to help develop, prioritise and shape better services for our families

Annual Parent/Carer Survey 2023 (

Follow us on Facebook to meet our SENDIASS Team!

This week we will be showcasing our SENDIASS team members through Facebook.

Follow us to meet the team and to see what we get up to during our working day. 

Watch our SENDIASS Video to learn more about SENDIASSS!

NEW! The Citizen portal to request an EHCNA has changed.

Please be aware that if you are in the process, or are thinking about making a parental request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment, you may want to download the most up to date preparation sheet. 

The LA have changed the questions that parents answer when completing the portal request form. Therefore, if you have not yet accessed the portal to start the request, you may want to look at our updated version of the video instructions and the preparation sheet. 

We have taken the old version off our website to not cause confusion, therefore please visit the 'information sheets & videos tab' to access them. 

If you have already submitted a request for a needs assessment or already have an EHCP for your child or young person, this should not affect you or your child. If in doubt, call the SEN team on 01274 435750 who should be able to check the status of your request. 

Professionals - Please read our update!

The majority of our enquiries are received from parents or carers directly. However if you would like to help a parent/carer or young person to make an enquiry you can support them to use the contact us form ensuring you have consent to share information with us. 

Update to our procedure

We will no longer be accepting professional referral forms therefore if we receive a professional referral form, you will be directed to fill out the contact us form. 

Alternatively, you can support the parent/carer or young person to call into our admin team who will fill out the contact us form. 

We operate an email and call back service and will aim to respond to your enquiry in 3- 5 working days. 

SEND Alternative Provision Improvement Plan 2023

In March, the government published its SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan. A follow-up to last year’s green paper on SEND reform which concluded the SEND Review, the Improvement Plan set out which of the proposals in the green paper the Department for Education intends to implement.

One of the steps in this plan is the SEND Change Programme - a national programme to test some of the changes the Government wants to make. It is being delivered by “Change Programme Partnerships” in each of the nine regions of England, each led by at least one named local authority.

IPSEA has produced an article, SEND Change Programme: what you need to know, which set out which local authorities are involved. If you live in one of these local authority areas, it’s important to understand that the programme can’t introduce changes that are outside the law. Even in the context of a local pilot of reforms, children's legal rights and entitlements remain unchanged.


Empowered Journeys by SENDIASS

Written by one of our caseworkers who is also a parent, this blog is aimed at parents and carers of children with special needs and disabilities. It provides articles which aim to empower parent carers, boost their confidence, and help them pursue their goals for their children and young adults. The blog stems from lived experiences of parents within the SEND community and shares the knowledge gained to ensure readers are well-informed and feel empowered on their journey. It also advocates for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and raises awareness of the history and progress within the disability community. We hope that you enjoy reading these short reflections, if you have any feedback or ideas for future articles, or if you would like to contribute to an article in the future please let us know by emailing

When life becomes challenging, some people believe it is their fate, some people believe its others that have caused it through malpractice or hatred. This can make it hard to deal with the challenges and make the right choices.


People can live through their life believing that they deserve more, they deserve better and compare their own life to others’. But this only makes them sad, envious, or angry. It brings negative emotions.


People can also live through their life believing that they can achieve more, believe they can improve, develop their skills, and deepen their knowledge. When people do something that was challenge, for instance, climb a mountain, make a new dish, win at a game, drive to a new place, pass their driving test etc. they feel good, they feel a sense of achievement and it promotes positive emotions.


Positive emotions help you to think more clearly.


“Among the many health benefits of positive emotions is a reduction in stress and a boost to general well-being. Positive emotions can actually act as a buffer between you and stressful events in your life, allowing you to cope more effectively and preserve your mental health”

What Are Positive Emotions in Psychology? (+List & Examples) (


As a parent/carer of a child or young person with SEND, you may find yourself faced with challenges. It can become time consuming and the challenges you face may bring you negative emotions and you may feel out of control with what is happening. At SENDIASS we support and advise many parents who are going through this and aim to empower parents and carers to enable them to feel positive about reaching their goal for their child/young person.


When you feel that you are faced with a challenge and it is intense, making you feel and think negative, it is important to bring positivity back into your life. Force the positive vibes back into your life by doing things you enjoy; complete challenges you know you can achieve and embrace and enjoy and celebrate those feelings.


Positive feelings will help you to think clearly and make informed decisions.


This is why people may say to you, “make time for yourself”. If you have positivity in your life, you will feel empowered and clear minded to make the right decisions when faced with challenges in other aspects of your life.

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