Skip to main content

Information, Advice, And Support Services Network


Service Description

The IASS Network was previously known as the National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN), who undertook a similar role with local Parent Partnership Services. In 2014, as part of the national SEND reforms, Parent Partnership Services changed to include provision to children and young people and became known as IAS Services.

The IASS Network is funded by the Department for Education and is based within the Council for Disabled Children in the National Children's Bureau.

They provide a range of support to local IAS Services helping them to evaluate, develop and improve provision for children, young people and their families.

• Promote the development and standards of IAS Services.
• Provide training to IAS Services on a range of subjects including the law on SEN and disability, health and social care (with IPSEA).
• Promote service impartiality and arrangements that ensure IAS Services operate at 'arm’s length' from their local authority.
• Provide a national picture of the work of IAS Services through annual reporting.
• Promote dialogue and collaboration between IAS Services and other partners.
• Engage with the Department for Education on key issues arising for IAS Services.
• Facilitate the SEND Information Organisations Group - a network of organisations that provide direct advice and support to families of children with SEND.
• Work with the Independent Support Programme to ensure parents and children are recieving high quality IAS.

IASSN do not provide direct advice or support to children, young people and parents. However, they can help you find your local IAS Service or you can have look at the resources section for other sources of support.

Suitable for ages

Age of Users
All Ages



Questions & Answers

Can Families Self-Refer To The Service?
Do You Have A Waiting List?
Eligibility - Can The Service Be Accessed By Extended Family Members Or Carers

Further Information

Provider Type
Advice, Information and Support Services
Suitable For
Downs Syndrome Visual Impairment Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Social, Emotional, Behaviour Difficulty (SEBD) Complex Needs Dyslexia Specific Learning Difficulty Speech, Language & Communication Needs (SLCN) Tourette's Long Term Medical Conditions Specific Learning Difficulties Epilepsy Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD) Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI) Physical Disability Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD)
Delivery Channels
Office / Premises
Referral Criteria
None (Self-referral)