Information Advice & Support Service
What is the IAS Service?
IASS stands for Information Advice and Support Service and was formerly known as the Parent Partnership Service. Insights IASS is part of the national Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN ).
All IASS staff are trained to advise on special educational needs and Disability law and the Code of Practice by Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (IPSEA).
IASS Advisors provide information, advice and support to the parents/carers of children and young people with special needs or disabilities and young people aged 16-25 with special needs or disabilities.
Advisors will be impartial and will not tell you what to do. They will support you to make your own choices.
The IASS is independent of the local authority. It is a confidential service and we will not share your information with other agencies or professionals without your permission unless someone is at risk of being harmed. You do not have to pay for this service. It is free for all users.
Our services include:
- Telephone advice line on EHC assessment process and other educational issues
- Parenting workshops and courses
- Information on benefits and grants for children with special needs/disabilities
- Training for school staff and governors
- Resource library and information database
- Disagreement resolution & mediation between schools, parents/carers and the LA
- Provide a free and confidential service.
- Provide accurate and impartial information.
- Help you to understand your rights, as well as the roles and responsibilities of agencies and professionals.
- Let you know what to expect from schools and the Local Authority.
- Support you so that your views are heard and understood.
- Put you in touch with other organisations that can help.
- Find out information related to SEND (including how the Local Authority (LA), early years settings, schools and colleges should work with parents, carers, children and young people)
- Help you prepare and or attend school/LA meetings or early years/school/college visits
- Help you to read through and understand letters, forms, and reports on SEND
- Support you to give your views during meetings, visits or in writing
- Let you know what you can do if you do not agree with a decision made by the LA or an early years setting, school or college.
How We Can Help You?
We can help if:
- You are worried about your child’s progress at school.
- You need help or advice about an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
We are unable to:
- Make decisions for you
- Tell you what we think you should do
- Attend meetings for you if you are not there.
We offer an opportunity to discuss your circumstances face to face. Just drop in and see us at:
Old Oak Community & Children’s Centre
76 Braybrook Street, East Acton, London W12 0AP
9.30 – 12.30 Wednesdays (Term Time only).
Parents and carers who wish to find out more information as well as guidance on Special Educational Needs can be found under the ‘Parent Services’ tab.