The Minimum Standards for Information Advice and Support Services (IASS, sometimes known as SENDIASS) are part of the Information, Advice and Support Programme and will be the basis of future operational plans and linked funding in 2019/20.
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 of Practice and the IASS Quality Standards (which they now supersede). The consultation process received feedback from IAS Services, LA staff, third sector organisations, health services and parents.
We use the term ‘advocacy’ in these standards, and we are using a definition of advocacy which we think accurately describes the work and role of IASS.
An easy read version of the standards is also available.