We are delighted to let you know that the Department for Education (DfE) has awarded Contact, and partners, National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), Council for Disabled Children and KIDS, a new contract to ensure parent carers and young people are involved in the delivery of SEND services and provision in England and have access to impartial information, advice and support.
CDC will continue to support SENDIAS services across England to provide high quality, legally based information, advice and support to children, young people and their parents. The Information, Advice and Support Network (IASSN) will provide ongoing training (including IPSEA legal training), resources and support to all SENDIASS and their commissioning LAS/CCGs/lCSs across England, building upon the successful work of the Information, Advice and Support Programme.
We know from our service user feedback report and Ofsted/CQC inspections that SENDIASS are hugely valued and make a significant difference to those who use them.
Wolverhampton Impartial Advice and Support Service (WIASS) is a 'lifeline' to many parents, carers, young people and schools. When these stakeholders are aware of this service, they speak of the life-changing effect on the quality of provision for young people. However, too many families are not yet aware of the service and what it offers.
We also know that many SENDIASS do not have adequate resource and capacity to ensure that all who need their support know about them and are able to access their services. We will therefore continue to work with the DfE, NHSE and local commissioners to address these issues.