Brent SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS)

We aim to empower parents and families of children with SEND to have the confidence and ability to take an active and informed role in their child's education. We offer impartial and confidential advice, separate from the council, covering educational matters, social care and health entitlements.

We can also provide you with information about changes to the way that services are provided for children and young people with SEND, which were introduced in September 2014.

All information shared with us is treated as confidential and is only shared with others with your permission.

Brent SENDIASS is funded by Brent Council and a grant from the Department for Education, which is monitored by the Council for Disabled Children.

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What are information, advice and support services?

From 1 September 2014 parent partnership services (PPS) in every council became information, advice and support services (IASS). Each IASS service provides support similar to that of a PPS, although this has expanded to cover young people up to the age of 25.

IASS services have a duty to provide independent and impartial information, advice, and support to the parents and carers of children and young people who have, or who may have, a special educational need or disability (SEND).

This includes children who receive the SEN support programme in schools and those who have a statement of SEN or an education, health and care (EHC) plan. 

IASS services are statutory, which means that every council must provide them. They are designed to ensure that parents, carers and families of children and young people with SEND have up-to-date information, advice and guidance on matters that allow them to make informed decisions about their child’s education.

The duties and expectations of IASS are set out in chapter two of the SEND code of practice.