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The Adviza Independent Support programme is now closed.

Independent Support was always intended to be a time limited service, supporting the transfer from Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) to Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans.

From August 2018 onwards, parents/carers, children and young people will continue to be able to access information, advice and support relating to EHC needs assessments, EHC plans and annual reviews, from the Special Educational Needs Information, Advice and Support (SENDIAS) services across the local authorities in the Thames Valley. 

Please therefore direct all requests for support directly to the SENDIAS service in your local authority:

Bracknell Forest Borough Council send.support@bracknell-forest.gov.uk 01344 354011 
Buckinghamshire County Council sendias@buckscc.gov.uk   01296 383754
Oxfordshire County Council   sendiass@oxfordshire.gov.uk 01865 810516
Reading Borough Council iass@reading.gov.uk   01189 373421
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead ias-rbwm.co.uk 01628 683182
Slough Borough Council sendass@scstrust.co.uk 01753 787693
West Berkshire Council

westberksiass@roseroad.org.uk

03003 032644
Wokingham Borough Council  sendiass@wokingham.gov.uk 01189 088233

The SENDIAS Services are all part of the new Information Advice and Support Programme which is a national government initiative. The programme is designed to ensure that, in every local authority area, children and young people with SEND and their parents have access to impartial and free information, advice and support covering SEND issues – including through a dedicated free phone service. Led by the Council for Disabled Children on behalf of the Department for Education, the programme will be delivered through a partnership arrangement which brings together the Information, Advice and Support Network and the ‘Helpline’ run by Contact. The programme will also work with Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) as a core training provider.

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