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

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Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service (DIASS) provides independent information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as their parents and carers.


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 a child or young person's health and social care.

The service is impartial, confidential, and works at arm's length from the local authority. Our advice is free and accessible to all parents of children with SEND. We 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.

Please note that the service is currently operating and support workers are available. Due to current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions we cannot offer face to face support. However parents, carers, children and young people can contact us through email and telephone.

The Council for Disabled children has some useful information about COVID 19 (Coronavirus) and schools.