Welcome to the Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service for SEND

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Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service (DIASS) is the new name for the Parent Partnership Service. We provide independent information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as their parents and carers. This includes Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Dyslexia or any other special educational need.

We also support children, young people and parents affected by exclusion from school.

We aim to help parents and carers increase their involvement in the education of their children and ensure that they have access to information and advice about issues relating to the child or young person's health and social care.

From 1 September 2014 we had a change of service name because of changes in law related to the new Children and Families Act and the new special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice. We now offer support for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25 years old.

We remain impartial, confidential, and work at arm's length from the local authority. Our advice is free and accessible to all parents of children with SEND. We now also offer support for children and young people with SEND.

We can also support you with: 

  • The law around SEND
  • Health and social care in relation to special educational needs provision
  • Personal budgets
  • Education health care plans (EHCP)
  • Information on the Local Offer (Services and provision available for those with SEND)
  • Transition post 16 - Preparing for adulthood
  • Resolving any disagreements

The Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND code of practice are intended to strengthen the participation of parents, children and young people.