Sendias Consultation Bristol:
Bristol City Council is running a public consultation about future budget proposals for the city’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS).
The council has a duty to provide such a service under the Children and Families Act 2014, so that families or young people affected by special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can access impartial and accessible advice and support.
Organisation Supportive Parents currently provides the SENDIAS service in Bristol and the council in partnership with Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group propose to re-commission the service from 2019-22 with a bigger budget of £140,000 a year. The council found the service needed more funding to improve it and meet minimum required standards. It will be funded using a combined budget of council and health funding
Improvements to the service proposed include flexibility and better access outside of office hours, providing accessible information in a range of formats and languages as well as continuing to provide advice tailored to individual circumstances.
The consultation ends on 08 January 2019. To take part, visit: bristol.citizenspace.com/adults-children-and-education/sendias/
Professionals working with children and young people with Send are also being asked to attend an event to share their views: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/special-educational-needsand-disabilities-information-advice-and-support-service-commissioning-tickets-52665024506
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