We are currently consulting on a draft of the new Minimum Standards for Information Advice and Support Services (IASS, sometimes known as SENDIASS). These are part of the IAS Programme and will be the basis of future operational plans and linked funding in 2019/20.
These standards were drawn up by a group of IASS managers, parents, LA reps and the chair of the IASP board, and we have also consulted with the DfE who have commented on and agreed them. They are based on the law, the SEND Code and the current IASS Quality Standards. We use the term ‘advocacy’ in these standards, and we have attached a link to a definition of advocacy which we think accurately describes the work and role of IASS. We are also consulting on an Easy Read version with the CDC disabled young people’s group, and a final version of this will be also available shortly.
We welcome feedback on these draft standards from parents, children and young people, professionals and anyone else with an interest in this topic.
The consultation period will close on Monday 3rd September 2018.