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 Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org||01344 354011|
|Buckinghamshire County Councilemail@example.com||01296 383754|
|Oxfordshire County Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org||01865 810516|
|Reading Borough Councilemail@example.com||01189 373421|
|Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead||ias-rbwm.co.uk||01628 683182|
|Slough Borough Councilfirstname.lastname@example.org||01753 787693|
|West Berkshire Council||03003 032644|
|Wokingham Borough Councilemail@example.com||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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