Hampshire’s information, advice and support services - for children and young people with educational needs and/or disability living in Hampshire, and their parents or carers - are changing in the new year.
Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services at Hampshire County Council, said: “We have listened to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and responded to their preference for a single source of professional advice. In appointing a new, external agency we aim to maintain the quality of service families have come to expect. We would like to reassure those families that our priority is that they will continue to have access to independent, impartial advice, information and support.”
Hampshire County Council, working with the five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Hampshire, has awarded a three-year contract to Core Assets Children's Services, to provide an impartial Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support (SENDIAS) Service.
From 1 January 2019, this one service will encompass both Support4SEND (currently provided by Hampshire County Council), together with Parent Voice (operated by The Rose Road Association). In response to feedback from families, this service will provide a single point of contact for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability and their parents and carers.
Core Assets Children’s Services have over 24 years of experience in supporting children, young people and their families with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The provider will be working with Hampshire County Council, Support4SEND and The Rose Road Association to make sure that, as far as possible, there are no gaps in the service between now and the start of the contract in January 2019. They will also work together to ensure the transition from two services into a single service is as smooth as possible. Further details about the service will be published in due course.