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The IASS Network (previously the Parent Partnership Support)

The IASS Network provides training and support to IAS Services across England. We were previously known as the National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN). The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) supports and promotes the work of Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England. We are based at the Council for Disabled Children. IAS Services have a duty to provide free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents. They are a statutory service which means there has to be one in every local authority. Visit their website at:

Ways in which the IAS offers support include:

  • Giving information about the Local Authority's policies and procedures in order to help parents and carers make informed decisions.
  • Encouraging links between parents / carers and the voluntary groups and organisations that are able to provide support.
  • Supporting parents / carers during the
  • The PPS will also provide information on how to access an Independent Supporter for those parents whose children are being assessed for an EHCP. Independent Supporters aim to provide guidance to parents regarding the EHCP process. For more information about this organisation please click here
  • Helping parents and carers develop their collective strength e.g. setting up support groups.
  • Providing a telephone helpline for parents and carers whose children have, or may have, a special educational need.

For parents who are unhappy with the Local Authority or school responses to their child’s SEND, parents may seek mediation from the regional mediation services. Information on this free service is located here