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Monday 24 September 2018
Somerset Parent Partnership

Phone: 01823 355 578 email: SomersetSENDIAS@somerset.gov.uk


"Local Authorities must arrange for children with SEN or disabilities for whom they are responsible, and their parents, and young people with SEN or disabilities for whom they are responsible, to be provided with information and advice about matters relating to their SEN or disabilities."

Source: SEND Code of Practice 2014, Chapter2

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Please note that our email address has changed to:


Please bear with us while we alter our leaflets and publicity.


Somerset SENDIAS would like your feedback.
Please find details of a consultation draft of the new minimum standards for Information Advice and Support Services (IASS, sometimes known as SENDIASS), a definition of advocacy as used by IASS and a feedback survey:


These are part of the IAS programme and will be the basis of the future operational plans and linked funding in 2019/20.
Please see
https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/information-advice-and-support-programme for more information on the Information, Advice and Support Programme.
We welcome all feedback and comments, the consultation period will close on Monday 3rd September 2018.


Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support) can give children, young people (aged 0 to 25) and their parent carers information, advice and support about SEND. This can include information on Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessments and Plans. 

Somerset SENDIAS is an information, advice and support service for:

  • parent carers of children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with SEND
  • children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with SEND  

Somerset SENDIAS offers:

  • a phone helpline and email support
  • individual support to help with issues on SEND
  • information, advice and support on SEND law through the Somerset SENDIAS website and leaflets
  • Independent Support to help with the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment and process.
  • Information, advice and support for mediation and SEND tribunals
  • information on SEND groups available in Somerset
  • information on Somerset's Local Offer
  • signposting to other services

The service is free, confidential and impartial.

Telephone   01823 355578        

Email  SomersetSENDIAS@somerset.gov.uk