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Where to get help and advice

We know that it is not always easy to find the information you need.

If you need more help or support with the local offer or issues relating to SEND here are some local useful contacts. 

Blackpool Local Offer

The Local Offer team can help you using the website, give you information about services or put something right if you find missing or incorrect information. We can also sign post you to other services if you aren't sure who you need to contact.



Blackpool SEND directory

The Blackpool SEND directory gives information about local services, organisations and activities that are available to children with SEND and their families

Blackpool Council SEN Assessment and Review Team

The team manage the Education, Health and Care plan process including annual reviews. They can also help with matters relating to general support including school placements. They can signpost you to other services if you are not sure who you need to ask.

Available weekdays between 9am and 5pm (4.30pm on Friday)


Telephone: 01253 476602 

Blackpool Parent Forum

The Parent Forum can help build confidence for families who have been coping alone with a disabled child, those who have become socially isolated and need a friendly face to talk to. You can also find them on Facebook. The forum is run by parent volunteers.


Telephone: 07920 116133
Parent forum website

SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS)

The Service also offers information and advice to parents, children and young people. The service is free, confidential, impartial and independent from Blackpool Council. They can also help if you have difficulties using the EHC hub. They can also advise about the EHC plan process and what to do if you disagree with a decision. 


Telephone: 01253 477083
SENDIASS website

Aiming Higher

Based at their Blackpool Centre, they have a highly qualified staff of Family Support Workers. Their friendly team can help families to work through some of the complex issues that parents with disabled children face. 

If they can't help, they can also sign post you in the right direction.


Telephone: 01253 206448
Aiming Higher website

NHS Designated Clinical Officer

This is a single point of contact for families seeking health information. They listen to children and young people, families and professionals so that health services offer the right provision to ensure children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are able to reach their goals and achieve their outcomes.

More information


Telephone: 01253 956168

School SENCOs

The key responsibilities of the SENCO may include:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
  • Coordinating provision for children with SEN
  • Liaising with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
  • Advising on the graduated approach to providing SEN support

If you aren't sure who you need to contact ask your school or early years setting.