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Dorset Special Educational Needs Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

We're a free, impartial and confidential service that provides information, advice and support to:

  • children and young people aged from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)
  • parents and carers of children and young people with SEND

We also work with:

  • the local council in Dorset
  • education and training providers
  • the voluntary sector
  • other agencies

We aim for parents and carers, children and young people to play an informed part in:

  • planning provision
  • agreeing outcomes to meet SEND

What support we can provide

SENDIASS officers are trained in SEND. They will help you:

  • to express your views for assessments or meetings
  • to find other support
  • if there's a disagreement
  • by listening to your concerns and talking to you about your choices and options

Resources and support services

See resources and other services for more support.

Listening to you

We also offer information on what to do if you have a concern about a child or young person.

We can feed back your views about the Local Offer for SEND children and young people in Dorset to the local authority. 

SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS)

Email: sendiass@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Mob: 07748 624609
Full details for SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS)

SENDIASS officer for Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland

Name: Catherine Breakwell
Email: c.breakwell@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Mob: 07771 978404
Full details for SENDIASS officer for Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland

SENDIASS officer for Christchurch, Purbeck, Corfe Mullen and Lytchett

Name: Rebecca Maslen
Email: sendiass@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Mob: 07464 675467
Full details for SENDIASS officer for Christchurch, Purbeck, Corfe Mullen and Lytchett

SENDIASS officer for Ferndown, Wimborne, north and east Dorset

Name: Jane Schmidt
Email: j.e.schmidt@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Mob: 07748 624609
Full details for SENDIASS officer for Ferndown, Wimborne, north and east Dorset

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