News and Events

East Riding of Yorkshire Council currently provides a Special Educational Needs and/or Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) to parents/carers, young people and children through two services; the East Riding SENDIASS Team for parents/carers and children, and KIDS which offers advocacy for young people aged 16-25 year olds.

A consultation was carried out in 2018 by the Children’s Commissioning & Quality Monitoring Team, in partnership with the Parent/Carer Forum and the Clinical Commissioning Group. There were a low number of responses, and we recognise there is therefore a need for further consultation work to be undertaken.

Due to both current contracts ending in March 2020, the Local Authority has taken the decision, as an interim measure and until the further consultation work can be undertaken, to merge the parents/carers and children services with the young people’s SENDIASS service to create one SENDIASS team. This will ensure the Local Authority complies with its statutory obligations outlined in the SEN Code of Practice 2015, and will allow the Children’s Commissioning & Quality Monitoring Team to carry out a full and extensive consultation. Planning work for this will begin in May 2020 once transition to the combined East Riding SENDIASS team has happened. This will then enable a service specification that is shaped by the users that access the service to be developed, with the intention of ensuring that all service users receive the best quality of service possible.

This statement has been shared today (24/01/2020) with East Riding Parent/Carer Forum to inform all service users that, as of 1 April 2020, there will be an interim SENDIASS service that will provide all support, advice and guidance for children and young people aged 0-25 and parents/carers. The current SENDIASS service for parents/carers and children will remain the same, and planning work is already underway for both KIDS and the SENDIASS team to ensure there is a smooth transition for any young person who is accessing the current KIDS service.

All current service users will be contacted about the change in service in due course via an individual letter.

If you have any further queries please contact the Children’s Commissioning Team
tel: (01482) 392254


SEND Local Offer bulletin

You can view the latest bulletin below:

SEND Local Offer Bulletin 6 February 2020 (pdf 188kb opens in new window)

LOOK AHEAD Newsletter

LOOK AHEAD newsletter June 2019 (pdf 29mb opens in new window)

For information about SEND Local Offer LOOK AHEAD and to register with the service, please visit the LOOK AHEAD page or contact the FISH helpline:

Tel: (01482) 396469

Autism Jigsaw news

Autism Awareness Courses

Sessions are open to all parents and professional/practitioners.
Courses are for those parents whose child has a diagnosis. Please note that it is expected that parents attend the first course - Exploring Autism Course.

Attendees must be over 16 years of age

For information on the Autism courses/seminars: and to book your place, please wordcomplete the booking form and return it to Email:

ASC session booking form (word 68 kb, opens in new window)

Tel: (01482) 394000 (option 4 or option 2)

Managing Anger Seminar

Open to families and practitioners who would like to know more about Autism Spectrum Conditions and Anger.
The seminar will support understanding in the following ways:

  • discuss why children with autism often have challenges with distressed behaviour and anger
  • identify a low arousal approach for support through stressful situations
  • explore the cycle of anger and possible support strategies
  • examine strategies for managing feelings.
  • Dates: Thursday 13 February 2020     This session is full
    Times: 10.00 am - 2.30 pm
    Cost: Free
    Venue: North Bridlington Library, Marton Gate, Bridlington, YO16 6YD

    Dates: Thursday 5 March 2020     This session is full
    Times: 10.00 am - 2.30 pm
    Cost: Free
    Venue: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA

    Dates: Thursday 19 March 2020
    Times: 6pm-8.15pm
    Cost: Free to attend
    Venue:  Beverley Minster Primary, St Giles Croft, Beverley, HU17 8LA

    Dates: Thursday 2 April 2020
    Times: 6pm-8.15pm
    Cost: Free to attend
    Venue:  Beverley Minster Primary, St Giles Croft, Beverley, HU17 8LA

    Autism Sensory Needs Seminar

    Open to families and practitioners who would like to know more about Autism Spectrum Conditions, including:

  • What is Autism?
  • How Autism affects social communication
  • How sensory differences can affect a person with Autism
  • Strategies to support people with Autism
  • Dates: Thursday 7 May 2020
    Time: 10am - 2:30pm
    Cost: Free to attend
    Venue: Goole Council Chamber, Church Street, Goole, DN14 5BG

    Dates: Thursday 18 June 2020
    Time: 10am - 2:30pm
    Cost: Free to attend
    Venue: Burnby Hall, The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF

    Dates: Thursday 2 July 2020
    Time: 10am - 2:30pm
    Cost: Free to attend
    Venue: Room 3, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA

    East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum Logo EYPCF

    East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)

    Read more about the East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum here

    Coffee morning: Mental Capacity and how it affects you and your young person. Rachel Kirk Futures+ team manager will come to talk and give an update on the new framework for mental capacity and the implications not only for young people but also for parents and carers.
    The workshop is recommended for parents with a young person of 16+ years when the issue of mental capacity is discussed. It is also relevant for children from 10 years when planning for the future and for young people up to the age of 25  years.
    Everyone is welcome to come along to this coffee morning. There will be time to chat with other parents and carers.
    Dates: Wednesday 12 February 2020
    Times: 9.30am - 12.30pm
    Venue: Bridlington Business Centre, Enterprise Way, Bridlington, YO16 4SF
    Cost: Free of charge, travel and childcare costs will be re-reimbursed.
    Contact: EYPCF to book your place.
    Tel: 07813 676941

    Single Route of Redress - National Trial - Extending Powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND)

    The Department for Education announced on Monday 4 November 2019 that the national trial of the single route of redress will be extended from 31 March 2020 to 31 August 2020. In line with Schedule 2 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 (external .Gov.UK website) - which requires all local areas in England to publish details in their Local Offer for ‘notifying parents and young people of their right to appeal a decision of the local authority to the Tribunal’ – you will need to update your website with the new end date. To help you in fulfilling this duty we have attached sample text that can be used on your site.

    Updated the information and resources in the SEND National Trial Toolkit (external sendpathwayfinder website)

    Updated Guidance (pdf, 306kb) on the national trial.

    For more information visit the Education, Health and Care Plan page of the Local Offer under the question 'What can I do if I disagree with the decisions made about any aspect of the Education, Health and/or Social Care provision?'

    VOICES Co-production Event

    The VOICES event was held on the 10 July 2019 organised by East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The event brought together parent carers, young people and practitioners to further develop together SEND services.
    Since the event the parent carer forum and east riding of yorkshire council have worked together to ensure that everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to comment on the report and narrative before these are made available more widely.
    The final report, narrative and young person’s leaflet are available below:

    Young Person's voices report East Riding (pdf 1.4Mb opens in new window)

    Appendix The East Riding of Yorkshire Narratives Final (pdf 1Mb opens in new window)

    East Riding Report Final (pdf 2.24Mb opens in new window)

    Next Steps
    The parent carer forum will be inviting those parent carers and young people who attended the VOICES event to a workshop due to take place in January 2020 to discuss the recommendations presented in the report and discuss priority areas.
    If you have any questions please contact:

    East Yorkshire Parent Carer Forum (EYPCF)
    Tel: (01262) 678283

    PfA Commissioner
    Tel: (01482) 392157

    Good News Story

    The Young Leaders of East Riding (T.Y.L.E.R) was successful in receiving funding from the Youth Action Board to fill a gap they found within the East Riding. The group has been working with the Education and Skills Team to put together a 10 week course for all young people aged 16 to 24. The course will include sessions on:

    - Introduction to Independent Life Skills – what is independent living? how to create personal goals

    - Money Management – how to create a budget? managing bills, etc.

    - Appointment Booking – who do you need to book appointments with? and how

    - Independent Skills – how to clean a house, how to read a water, gas and electricity meter and how to travel independently

    - Socialising – the benefits of socialising, how to be comfortable in a group and how to identify ways to increase social activities

    - Healthy Lifestyles: Staying Fit – benefits of and different ways to exercise

    - Healthy Lifestyles: Healthy Eating – benefits of eating healthy, identifying healthy foods and cooking a healthy meal

    - Improving Confidence – ways to increase and exercise mental resilience and increase confidence

    - Community and Government – understanding the community we live in and understanding the voting system

    - Where Next? Employment and Education? – identifying employment and education opportunities and how to apply for jobs

    If you would like to find out more about dates and locations. If you are unable to make the dates on the website, please email to register your interest, the more people that show an interest, the more courses we can run.

    T.Y.L.E.R would like to remove barriers for anyone to attend. If you have any problems with transport, etc. please let them know when you book and this will be sorted for you.

    Tel: (01482) 887670

    Enrol online at

    More information about the courses can be found on the T.Y.L.E.R. website



    Peer Challenge

    During April, East Riding of Yorkshire Council invited a 'Peer Challenge' which focussed on 3 broad areas of SEND activity. The peer challenge team, made up of four senior colleagues from other authorities within the region, were on site for 3 days, undertaking a series of meetings with staff across education, health and care services, parents and carers, children and young people, as well as site visits to settings. Council officers have subsequently met with the EYPCF and other partners to review the helpful feedback, which confirmed much of our self-evaluation (SEF), and to consider suggestions for further development. A copy of the full report is also attached below. If parents or carers have any questions regarding the peer challenge process or the detail within the report, please contact the EYPCF.

    Peer Challenge Report (pdf 323kb opens in new window)