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Open consultation - New national IASS minimum standards

Please follow the link below for details of a consultation to consider the draft for the new minimum standards for Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS).

Minimum standards draft consultation

These are part of the IAS programme and will be the basis of the future operational plans and linked funding into 2019/20.

Feedback and comments welcomed via the online survey, the consultation period will close on Monday 3rd September 2018.




Service demands

Thank you for your patience while we continue to experience a high demand for our service with reduced staff numbers.

You may find the answer to your question by looking through our information on this website.

Please note it could be a few days before we are able to respond to your message or email.






Independent Support update

July 2018

Current funding arrangements for Independent supporters finished at the end of March. This government funding was originally made available for services to help families going through the EHC needs assessment process, during the transition from the old legislation to the new.

We are really pleased to be able to say that Nikki Brownlie, one of our current Independent Supporters, will remain on the team and continue to offer this support to parents until next year.

Click the image to the left to read the full update about Independent Support.


'EHC plan' workshops for parents & carers

Does your child have an EHC plan or is an EHC needs assessment underway?

A free workshop for parents and carers explaining the purpose of an Education, Health and Care Plan and how it can help your child. 

We explore key sections and responsibilities, how you and your child can be involved and what to do if you are uncertain about the Plan.

Book your free place via Eventbrite...

Friday 12 October, Bury St Edmunds

Thursday 18 October, Woodbridge

Friday 2 November, Halesworth




Become a 'SEND Parent Champion'

The aim of this 2.5 day course is to help parents to support and empower other parents who have children with additional needs. 

Colchester Baptist Church, 75 Colchester Road, Ipswich IP4 4ST

Session 1:      15th November 10am – 12 noon

Session 2:     22nd November 10am – 2:30pm

Session 3:     29th   November 10am – 2:30pm

This event is now fully booked! You can go onto our waiting list in case of any cancellations by emailing

Feedback from our previous SEND parent champion course...

Thank you so much for running the course. It is really making me think and challenging how I listen and respond to others.

Super filled sessions.

Really positive course with lots of key points to remember.. Practical solutions.

Very nice atmosphere for sharing and learning.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your courses to others.



Empower your child

A workshop exploring strategies to help you support your child to begin to ask for help in school.

Tuesday 11 September, 9.30 to 11.30am

Robins Children's Centre, Quinton Road, Needham Market, IP6 8BG

This event is now fully booked! You can go onto our waiting list in case of any cancellations by emailing




Making Meetings Matter

A workshop for parents and carers which explores practical strategies for how best to prepare and take a positive part in meetings with schools and the local authority.

Wednesday 31st October 10am to 12 noon

Chatterbox Children's Centre, Copleston Road, Ipswich, IP4 5HB

Book via Eventbrite



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