Training

We develop and provide free training sessions for parents and carers, volunteers and schools and professionals.

Sessions can be planned from one hour to two and half hours and are bespoke, so that we can tailor the package to your individual requirements.

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Parents and Carers

Parents and carers

Our training sessions are designed to enable you to meet other parents and carers in an informal and welcoming atmosphere. Meeting other parents or carers in similar situations can often act as another form of support, whilst also helping you make more informed decisions.

The training is delivered by a Devon Information, Advice and Support officer who will lead small group discussions and exercises as well as providing you with printed information and an attendance certificate.

The Child’s View

Considering your child’s view and ensuring that their voice is heard is crucial. This training will explore how and when to capture your child’s view and how you can ensure that your child is listened to throughout the process.

The course focuses on the Children and Families Bill and specifically considers the views and aspirations of the child or young person involved.

Children with SEND – Achieving their potential

This session looks at preparing children with SEND for the transition from primary school to secondary school, post 16 and into adulthood.

This can be a challenging time for young people with SEND, so it is very important that during this time they make the right decisions about their future support.

This training course will help you to prepare your child by identifying their strengths and skills and understanding what support is required for each individual’s areas of need.

Managing Meetings

These training sessions can look at how to get the most from your meetings, helping you to plan out the key steps to a successful meeting and how to work in partnership with school staff and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for your child in the time available.

These courses can help to reduce stress and anxiety, and help participants take control of their child’s future when meeting with other professionals.

Disability Discrimination and the Disability Equality Duty

These sessions explore the Equality Act and the duties attached to it that may have an impact on your child’s future. We can help you understand the terminology and how these Acts may have an effect your child’s rights.

Assertiveness

In this session we explore the meaning and importance of being assertive, effective listening and how to be more confident in meetings to help you achieve the best outcomes for your child.

The Devon Information, Advice and Support Service (DIAS)

In these sessions we cover who the Devon Information, Advice and Support Service are, what we do, an overview of special educational needs services and how we can help you and parents and carers of children with SEND.

 

DIAS Volunteers

DIAS volunteer work

Take a look at our Volunteer handbook to see what is covered in the training.

DIAS volunteers work with staff at Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS) to offer support, information and advice to parents and carers of children with special educational needs, as well as directly with young people with special educational needs.

DIAS volunteers are from a range of backgrounds and offer a great depth of experience and knowledge to our service. They work with us to support parents and young people, under the supervision of DIAS Officers.

Volunteer training is usually delivered over two days by two Devon Information, Advice and Support officers who will lead small group discussions and exercises, as well as providing you with information to take away with you.

This course is the first step towards becoming a volunteer for DIAS. The course will give you a sound understanding about providing impartial support to parents and carers as they navigate the SEND journey for their child.

Once an approved and active volunteer, you will be invited to other training with IAS Officers on specific topics such as safeguarding, assessment processes and supporting parents at meetings. In addition you will be invited to attend informal sessions with your named IAS Officer.

 

Schools

Training for schools

Training for schools and professionals working within education is usually delivered by a Devon Information, Advice and Support (DIAS) officer.

It will be delivered in a range of styles including interactive workshops, presentations and information sessions – whatever style will suit your group and the members within it.

Those who would benefit from attending this course include Teachers, Governors, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Local Authority (LA) Professionals, Health Visitors, School Nurses and social services staff.

Meeting with Parents

Engaging effectively with parents and carers is essential in helping children with SEND to achieve their full potential and ensuring they have all the help they need.

These sessions explore effective communication and engagement with parents and carers regarding their child’s SEND and provision. They are delivered using DVD films and interactive discussion.

Resolving Disagreement

Sometime, parents and carers might not agree with the decisions or provisions made by schools or local authorities for their child’s special educational needs. In these instances, it might be necessary to help resolve the situation and help both parties come to an agreement.

These training sessions cover conflict management styles and different ways to diffuse difficult situations. Often, the best way to resolve a disagreement is to encourage all parties to work together, and come to a negotiated agreement.

Disability Discrimination

Exploring the Equality Act and the duties attached to it.

These sessions explore the Equality Act and the duties attached to it that may have an impact on your child’s future. We can help you understand the terminology and how these Acts may have an effect your child’s rights.

The Devon Information, Advice and Support Service

In these sessions we cover who the Devon Information, Advice and Support Service are, what we do, an overview of special educational needs and how we support parents, schools and other professionals.