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Information Advice and Support Services Network


The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network, known as SENDIASS in BwD) provides training and support to local Information Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England.

Our vision is that disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents, have access to high quality Information, Advice and Support Services, which are widely respected as an impartial source of information and support.

The new Minimum Standards for IASS /SENDIASS were finalised in September 2018. These are part of the IAS Programme and will be the basis of operational plans and linked funding in 2021/22.

The standards were drawn up by a group of IASS managers, parents, LA reps and the chair of the IASP board, in consultation with the DfE. They are based on the law, the SEND Code and the IASS Quality Standards (which they now supercede). The consultation process recieved feedback from IAS Services, LA staff, third sector organisations, health services and parents. 

The term ‘advocacy’ is used in these standards, using a definition of advocacy which accurately describes the work and role of IASS.

An easy read version of the standards is available here.


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This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
19-25 years
0-5 years
16-19 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type