East Riding of Yorkshire Council currently provides a Special Educational Needs and/or Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) to parents/carers, young people and children through two services; the East Riding SENDIASS Team for parents/carers and children, and KIDS which offers advocacy for young people aged 16-25 year olds.
A consultation was carried out in 2018 by the Children’s Commissioning & Quality Monitoring Team, in partnership with the Parent/Carer Forum and the Clinical Commissioning Group. There were a low number of responses, and we recognise there is therefore a need for further consultation work to be undertaken.
Due to both current contracts ending in March 2020, the Local Authority has taken the decision, as an interim measure and until the further consultation work can be undertaken, to merge the parents/carers and children services with the young people’s SENDIASS service to create one SENDIASS team. This will ensure the Local Authority complies with its statutory obligations outlined in the SEN Code of Practice 2015 and will allow the Children’s Commissioning & Quality Monitoring Team to carry out a full and extensive consultation. Planning work for this will begin in May 2020 once transition to the combined East Riding SENDIASS team has happened. This will then enable a service specification that is shaped by the users that access the service to be developed, with the intention of ensuring that all service users receive the best quality of service possible.
This statement has been shared today (24/01/2020) with East Riding Parent/Carer Forum to
inform all service users that, as of 1st April 2020, there will be an interim SENDIASS service that will provide all support, advice and guidance for children and young people aged 0-25 and parents/carers. The current SENDIASS service for parents/carers and children will remain the same, and planning work is already underway for both KIDS and the SENDIASS team to ensure there is a smooth transition for any young person who is accessing the current KIDS service.
All current service users will be contacted about the change in service in due course via an individual letter. If you have any further queries, please contact the Children’s Commissioning Team on 01482 392254 or firstname.lastname@example.org