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Independent Support service comes to a close this July

Friday 22nd June 2018

As we told you back in May, we've been awarded a Department for Education contract with the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) called the Information Advice and Support Programme (IASP).

The programme will help ensure that in every local authority area, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to impartial information, advice and support about the services and support on offer.

Our national advice service (which includes our helpline and the online advice and information we offer) forms a vital part of this contract.

Closure of Independent Support services

Alongside our own advice service, the programme also brings together the Information, Advice and Support Network and Independent Support (IS) programme, run by CDC.

As Independent Support was always intended to be a time limited resource, supporting the transition from statements to Education, Health and Care plans, the new Information Advice and Support programme will continue to fund IS agencies only until 31 July 2018.

After that, information, advice and support will continue to be provided by local SEND IASS and Contact's advice service. From August 2018 onwards, parents, children and young people will continue to be able to access information, advice and support on statutory assessment and annual reviews from their local SEND IASS.

If you want to know more, you can read the IASP FAQs on the Council for Disabled Children's website.