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Your local SEND IAS Service Co-ordinator will listen to your concerns and can offer:

  • Appropriate support, impartial information and advice on a range of SEND related queries including - identifying a need, exclusions from school, complaints and disagreements when something goes wrong;
  • Advice regarding SEND related health and social care matters;
  • Detailed explanations of how the Special Educational Needs (SEN) process should work, for example the support that should be ordinarily available for all children and young people with SEND in early years, schools and post 16 settings;
  • Information about local and national voluntary organisations;
  • Information about young peoples and parents support groups in your area;
  • Support through the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Process including annual reviews;
  • To help you learn more about the SEND Code of Practice and your legal rights;
  • Support at meetings where appropriate. 

A child or young person may have learning difficulties caused by:

A physical disability
A problem with sight, hearing or speech
Difficulties with reading, writing or mathematics
Emotional or behavioural problems
Communication and social interaction

For self-referral, please contact your local co-ordinator:


Susan Eastwood
Tel: 07824 408 922

Copeland and Carlisle West
Bev Marrs
Tel: 07788 360 336

Carlisle North/South/East and Brampton/Longtown
Joanne Thomlinson
Tel: 07825 584 865

Where to go

Covering Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland


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