New location for SENDIASS Torbay

(Last Updated On: January 10, 2020)

Working across education, health and social care SENDIASS Torbay officers provide confidential and impartial advice, as well as ensuring the views of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) children, young people and their parents or carers are heard and understood and that they understand their rights, roles and responsibilities.

SENDIASS Torbay supports parents and carers through a range of ways including phone or email contact and face-to-face meetings. They also provide a signposting service to direct SEND children, young people and their parents or carers towards the organisations that is best suited to help them, ensuring that they are empowered to make informed decisions about the future.SENDIASS Torbay can support SEND children, young people and their parents or carers in any of the following areas:

  • Preparing for and attending meetings with schools, local authorities and other professionals
  • Helping to write official letters and complete forms
  • Explaining the meaning of official documents
  • Assisting in the statutory assessment process
  • Referral to the correct organisation or contact.

The service has recently moved to Berwyn House, 70-72 Abbey Road, Torquay TQ2 5NH and can be contacted on 01803 210 371 or email to Jope HEALTHWATCH TORBAY

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!