We are the Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN)

As part of the Children and Families Act 2014 it is a legal requirement that all local authorities ensure children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) & their parents have access to an impartial Information, Advice and Support (IAS) service. The IASSN are funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to support this.

We do this by:

  • Working with the SENDIAS services to ensure they have the resources and training to provide high quality information, advice and support to children, young people and parents in their area.           
  • Listening to and working with SENDIASS' to understand their challenges and successes in order to feedback to the DfE to implement positive and necessary change.
  • Working with SENDIAS services and other stakeholders to develop and promote the standards for SENDIAS services

We do not provide direct advice or support to children, young people and parents. However, we can help you find your local IAS Service or you can have look at our resources section for other sources of support.

The IASS Network is based within the Council for Disabled Children in the National Children's Bureau.

Please note that CDC, NCB, the IASSN and all SENDIAS services, have been, like everyone, affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Due to the wide ranging impact of this pandemic, CDC have developed a webpage dedicated to support, information and guidance regarding Coronavirus. This can be accessed here: https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/news-opinion/news/covid-19-support-and-guidance