The SEND Code of Practice (0-25) January 2015 states;
“Local authorities must arrange for children with SEN or disabilities for whom they are responsible, and their parents, and young people with SEN or disabilities for whom they are responsible, to be provided with information and advice about matters relating to their SEN or disabilities, including matters relating to health and social care.
Information, advice and support should be provided through a dedicated and easily identifiable service. Local authorities have established Information, Advice and Support Services (formerly known as Parent Partnership services) to provide information, advice and support to parents in relation to SEN. In addition, many local authorities provide or commission information, advice and support services for young people. Local authorities should build on these existing services to provide the information, advice and support detailed in this chapter (2).
Information, Advice and Support Services should be impartial, confidential and accessible and should have the capacity to handle face-to-face, telephone and electronic enquiries.”
SENDIASS Services have a set of Minimum Standards published and endorsed by the DFE and Department for Health. The Standards come under the headings of;
- Commissioning, Governance and Management Arrangements
- Strategic Functions
- Operational functions
- Professional development and training for staff.
The services makes use of the Minimum Standards to ensure we are operating as a ‘compliant service’