Devon organisations and services
Devon has a number of services that provide information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Devon’s SEND Local Offer
Devon’s SEND Local Offer is the education, health and social care services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25. The website includes information about:
- EHC plans (including how to request an assessment)
- Preparing for adulthood
- School transport
- SEND, what it is and what support there might be in school and colleges
- Early help
- Personal budgets
- Admissions and choosing a school
Devon Parent Carer Forum (DPCV)
DPCV is Devon’s Parent Carer Forum. It helps parent carers have a say in improving services around children with additional needs.
Parent Carer Forums are representative local groups of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities. They work alongside local authorities, education, health and other service providers to ensure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families.
Pinpoint Devon is Devon’s Family Information Service. It has information about thousands of services and community groups across Devon, including SEND services and support groups, in a single search. They hold information about childcare and can help parents/carers who are struggling to find childcare.
SignpostPlus has information about local and national services for children with special needs. The co-ordinators can also help you find sources of funding for non-statutory equipment, holidays, driving lessons, specialist toys and bikes, communication aids etc. They also have a Facebook page.
Quids for Kids
Quids for Kids is a service run by Citizen’s Advice Bureau, giving specialist advice about benefits to:
- families of children (or young people up to the age of 21) with additional needs, a long-term illness or disability
- care leavers
- young homeless people
- foster parents
- people looking after a child with a special guardianship order
Child and Family Health Devon
Child and Family Health Devon provide children’s community health services across Devon. It’s the single point of access to several health and social care services, and some aspects of education assessment, that support children and young people and their families and carers in Devon. These include Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHs), occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and the autism assessment service.
If you want to find out more about children’s services, what they do and whether your child is eligible, or you want your child to be referred, this is the place to start.
Other Information Advice and Support Services
DIAS is the service for Devon, but there are other services that give information advice and support for parents, carers and young people.
Torbay Community Development Trust
4-8 Temperance Street
Telephone: 01803 212 638 (9.30 – 2.30 Monday to Friday)
Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND
Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre
Scott Business Park
Beacon Park Rd
Telephone: 01752 258933 or 0800 9531131.
Telephone: 01736 751921 (Mon-Fri 10am to 3pm)
Telephone: 07748 624609
Contact – A national charity for families with disabled children
Contact have a free helpline for parents and carers where you can get information and advice on a range of issues, including medical information, benefits advice and information about special educational needs. Contact also produce a range of publications and other resources about SEND.
Helpline: 0808 808 3555 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Press 1, to speak to an education adviser, press 2 for all other helpline enquires.
Page last updated: October 2018
Review date: January 2019