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Welcome to the Walsall SENDIAS young people’s area. If you are aged 16-25 and live in Walsall, you are in the right place! On this page you can find out who we are, what we do, and how to contact us. We have also included some useful information and videos on this page. If there is something you think we should add to this page, please let us know.

Who are we? 

We are Walsall SENDIAS. We are a free and impartial information, advice and support service available to everyone in Walsall.

Our team is made up of Catherine, Claire, Tanya and Matti. Find out more about them by clicking on their ‘meet me’ pages below:

Meet Catherine – Project Manager

Meet Claire – SEND Caseworker

Meet Tanya – SEND Caseworker

Meet Matti – Children and Young People’s Caseworker

What do you do?

We help young people who have special educational needs or a disability, we can give you advice and support and can help you make your views wishes clear to professionals.

If you:

  • Are struggling at school
  • Have an Education, Health, and Care plan (EHCP)
  • Have an important meeting with school, college, or the local authority
  • Aren’t sure what to do next
  • Need help accessing additional support
  • Need help finding a good school or college
  • Are at risk of exclusion or have been excluded
  • Need any help filling out forms
  • Need help with anything else at school or at home

Then we can help you!

If you are not sure if we are the service for you, contact us and we will be either be able to help you, or tell you about other organisations who can.

FAQs

Will you tell anyone that you are helping me?

No, our service is confidential.

We will only talk to someone else about you if you ask us to or if we think that you are in danger.

We will help you to make your own decisions and won’t tell you what to do.

Does it cost money?

No, our service is completely free.

How do I contact you?

You can:

Email us: walsallSENDIASS@family-action.org.uk

Call us: 0808 802 6666 (24 hour messaging service)

Find us on Facebook here or, contact an individual member of the team! Their contact details are on their ‘Meet Me’ pages above.

Useful Information

Here are some useful information documents that you might find helpful:

Our Easy Reads Minimum Standards document explains what you can expect from your local SENDIAS service

The Council for Disabled Children website has lots of resources and help for young people.

You can find out more information about SENDIAS services on the IAS webpage and, this short video explains the help you can expect and your rights.

The Department for Education have a helpful guide for Young People in Education and Black Country Skills Factory explains your further education options once you have left school.

Who else can help me?

Here are some other services available to you that you might find helpful:

Local services (in Walsall):

The SEND Local Service has information on all the local services and support for you, your parents and carers.

Inspire Group organise sports, activities and programmes for young people living in the Walsall area.

The West Bromwich Albion Foundation also run multi-sport sessions, footballing activities and holiday camps throughout the year. 

National services (across the UK):

Family Action’ Family Line service provides emotional support, guidance and practical advice for family members aged 18+. The NSPCC also works with children and families across the country through face-to-face local services and its helpline. 

IPSEA offers free information, advice and support to help you find the right education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Young Minds specialise in mental health support for young people, whenever you need it.