The information, advice and support service can provide support for parents and young people in arranging and attending meetings as well as offering advocacy support. The service is confidential and free for young people aged 0-25 and their parents. It is impartial and provided at arm’s length from the local authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
You can contact Sefton's Information, Advice and Support Service by telephone 0151 934 3334, by completing this online form SENDIASS
or write to them at:
It can provide information and advice on all matters relating to SEN including:
- Local policy and practice.
- The local offer.
- Personalisation and personal budgets.
- Education law on SEN and related law on disability, health and social care, through suitably independently trained staff.
The advice and support offered to children, young people and parents should include:
- Individual casework and informal advocacy.
- Support in attending meetings, contributing to assessments and reviews.
- Participating in decisions about outcomes for the child or young person.
- Help when things go wrong, including resolving disagreements and providing support to manage mediation, appeals, exclusions, and complaints on matters related to SEN.
- Directing parents, young people and those who support and work with them to additional support services where needed, including services provided by the voluntary sector. These services should include housing support, careers advice and employment support and may include volunteer supporters trained by the information and advice service.
- Working separately and impartially with young people and their parents to resolve any disagreements between them.
- Working closely with their local Parent Carer Forum and other representive groups. This ensures that the views and experiences of children, young people and parents inform policy and practice.
- Contributing to strategic development of services by the Local Authority / CCG.
Where requested by parents or young people seeking an EHC Plan, the SEND Information, Advice and Support service (SENDIASS) can make a referral to the Independent Support service (IS). The IS will provide a trained worker from the voluntary or private sector to help them through the statutory process. This can be from requesting an assessment through to the agreement of the EHC plan and any associated personal budget. You can cantact the IS service directly on 0151 702 5552 or email ISS@PSS.org.uk