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SENDIAS Information Advice and Support Services

Free confidential, impartial information, advice and support for parents and young children up to the age of 25 about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities including the Law on SEND health and social care, personal budgets, post 16 and preparing for adulthood, resolving disagreements, exclusions and part time timetables at school, face to face support and advice and supporting at school meetings.

Derby City



Local Offer

Web based Information for young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, and their families, including information on:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Preparing for independence
  • Early years and childcare
  • Support services
  • Local activities and groups



Derby city


Derbyshire Directory

Information of what’s on with details of more than 3,000 not for profit groups. Clubs, charities and voluntary organisations covering Derbyshire


Call Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council Helpline for acess to any County Council service, including children and adults social care services for disable children, young people and young adults. Open 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and between 9.30am and 4pm on Saturdays.

  • Telephone 01629 533190
  • Text: 86555
  • Fax: 01629 533295
  • Minicom: 01629 533240

For emergency out-of-hours countywide social care support contact 01629 532600


Derbyshire Autism Services (D.A.S) – information, support and activities for disabled children, young people and adults affected by autism living anywhere in Derbyshire

01773 741221



Chesterfield based, offering care, activities and support for disabled children and young people across the North of Derbyshire

01246 203963



Buxton based care and support service for disabled children and young adults from 0-25 years

01298 23970


Fun-ability Derby

Specialist clubs, individual support in the community and programmes of activities in every holiday for disabled children and young people age 3-18 years

01332 604066/01332 604068


Disability Direct Derby

Information and advice centre to facilitate independent living for disabled people.

01332 299449


Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Independent regulator of health and social care in England who monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety. In our most recent inspection Umbrella services were found to be good in all areas with no recommended actions for improvement.



The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED) inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Umbrella is registered with Ofsted, but there are no recent inspection of our services.



The Light House is a purpose built environment for disabled children and the staff who work with them, providing respite care for disabled children and an office base for the Integrated Disabled Children’s Service (IDCS), which provides community support for children with a moderate or service learning disability or life limiting condition



If you are worried about a child you should report it.  If you believe that a child is at immediate risk and in need of protection then you should call the police on 101 immediately. You may want to discuss your concerns with a Social Care worker –

For Derby City telephone 01332 641172 during normal working days between 9am and 5pm on

Derbyshire contact Call Derbyshire

Contact a Family

National telephone helpline providing information and advice on any aspect of caring for a disabled child

Tel: 0808 808 3555

9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday; free from UK landlines and UK mobiles