SENDIASS steering group
The SENDIAS steering group ensures we meet national minimum standards for a SENDIAS service, and monitors that we operate in an impartial and confidential way.
The steering group agrees the objectives for the service and is made up of parent carers, young people, voluntary groups, local authority officers, and officers from the health service. The group is chaired by a parent representative.
Below is the SENDIAS steering group’s terms of reference, agendas and minutes for meetings already held:
Terms of reference
- Voluntary group(s) or organisation(s) across disabilities
- Parent/Carer forum representative
- Local authority SEND lead
- Local authority commissioning representative
- Local authority inclusion representative
- Blackpool SENDIASS manager
- Health representative
- Social care representative
- Early help representative
- Young person’s voice representative
- Young person representative
- Parent/carer representative
- CCG representative
All members are equal partners and their knowledge, skills and views are recognised and valued.
Membership is reviewed annually.
Members will not act in the specific interest of their own agency, group or family member. They will declare a conflict of interest to the group should it arise.
It is expected that the group will meet at least three times a year. Meeting notes will betaken and distributed following each meeting.
The members will have the right to ask for accountability regarding standards of service delivery.
If the members are concerned about how service is delivered they have the authority to write to the director of children’s services.
Blackpool SENDIASS is provided as per sections 19c and 32 of the Children and Families Act2014 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2015. We give information advice and support to children and young people 0 - 25 and their parent/carers on information which relates to their Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND), including health and social care.
Blackpool SENDIASS is managed as an in-house service which operates at arm’s length from Blackpool Council.
Blackpool SENDIASS follows the national minimum standards for impartial information, advice and support services. The standards provide a detailed framework for good practice in information, advice and support services. These are based on clear accountability and are collected annually, and monitored, by the National Information Advice and Support Service Network (IASSN).
Aims and objectives
- To guide the development of Blackpool SENDIASS in line with the National Minimum Standards for SENDIAS Services
- To monitor the work of Blackpool SENDIASS in line with the national minimum standards and help to identify and promote good practice
- To raise issues and concerns and to identify gaps and work with Blackpool SENDIASS to address these
- To ensure that Blackpool SENDIASS maintains its impartiality and arm’s length status from the local authority
- To act as a critical friend to the Blackpool SENDIASS manager and staff
- To be a ‘champion’ of Blackpool SENDIASS