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Special Educational Needs Information, Advice & Support Service (SENDIASS) (formerly Parent Partnership Service)


SENDIASS is committed to providing a flexible and supportive service. We provide an opportunity for all relevant people to work together to meet the special educational needs and disabilities of the individual child:

  • parents/carers
  • children/young people 0-25
  • schools
  • other professionals 

The Service also provides advice and support relating to the admissions process and school exclusion.

The Service can offer you

  • Confidential and impartial information, advice and support to parents/carers/children and young people (0-25 years)
  • Information about Blackburn with Darwen’s Local Offer
  • Information, advice and support on subjects including local policy and practice, personalisation, personal budgets, preparation for adulthood, the law on SEN and Disability, Health and Social Care.
  • Information, advice and support throughout the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process. Also, information, advice and support on transferring existing Statements, IPRAs to Education, Health & Care Plan
  • Information, advice and support about additional SEN support in school.
  • Individual casework
  • Support in preparing for and attending meetings
  • Help in filling in forms and writing letters/reports
  • Support in resolving disagreements, including disagreement resolution, mediation and tribunals
  • Information, advice and support relating to school transitions and exclusions
  • Signposting to other local or national sources of advice, information and support
  • Links to local parent support groups and forums

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jane Partington
Contact Position
SENDIASS Lead Officer
01254 503049
01254 583957
07562 422370

FaceBook:  Jane Partington Blackburn with Darwen SENDIASS

Parent Organisation
Information Advice and Support Services Network

Where to go

Community Hub
Cathedral Quarter
35 Railway Road

Disabled access

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Referral to the Service

  • Blackburn with Darwen SENDIASS only takes referrals directly from parents.
  • Online referral form SENDIASS – Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service – Community CVS
  • We encourage professionals to signpost parents/carers to our Service, we do not take direct referrals from professionals without the consent of the parents.
  • A parent may feel unable to make the request, in which case we recommend that the professional makes contact with the service on their behalf.
  • Parents can contact the service by phone, email or FaceBook private message


Other notes

We can offer you

  • Personal and confidential information, advice and support  relating to special educational needs and disability
  • One to one advice and support on school transition
  • Help to understand the SEND assessment procedures (Education & Health Care Plans)
  • Information and signposting to  relevant statutory and/or voluntary sector organisations including the Parent /Carer Forum and Disability Links
  • Information in accessing mediation and Disagreement Resolution Service; advice on the procedures for appeals to the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal.
  • Information on the Local Offer



This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
19-25 years
0-5 years
16-19 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type